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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted July 10, 2019

How a Dozen Immigrant Parents Organized to Transform Literacy in Their District

Parents’ love for their children is the single greatest—and most underutilized—natural resource in education. I learned this firsthand as a son. My parents escaped political…

By Alejandro Gibes de Gac

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Posted June 28, 2019

I Thought I Failed My Kindergartners This Year, But I Was Wrong

Going into the last month of school, I felt like a failure. All year long, I had been trying to juggle teaching my class of…

By Lisa Halloran

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Posted Oct. 19, 2018

Black Communities Everywhere Should Be Stepping Up Like This for Our Kids and Schools

Outrage: “Whites Only” Seats The Connecticut Supreme Court made a ruling in Sheff v. O’Neill that was supposed to integrate schools. Instead, it capped the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 27, 2018

Here’s How Teachers Can Help Students Overcome Stereotype Threat

Stereotype threat describes the concept that people are at a higher risk of conforming to negative stereotypes about their social group in situations where they…

By Julie Hajducky

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

I Finally Found a School That Believes in My Sons, So Why Won’t Connecticut Fund More Schools Like It?

As a mom of five young men of color in Connecticut, I too often feel like society has set a ceiling for what my sons…

By Samaris Rose-Smith

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Posted July 19, 2018

New Haven Is Showing What’s Possible When We Invest in Kids Early

As a nation, we spend close to $600 billion per year on K-12 education, while allocating only $20 billion to childcare and educational supports for…

By Emily Sharrock, Allyx Schiavone

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Posted May 23, 2018

Coffee Break: Yamuna Menon on Connecticut Choice and Cinnabon Coffee

It’s been a four-year dry spell for charter schools in Connecticut. Yamuna Menon is working to put an end to that. As Northeast Charter Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2018

Meet the Student Activists Fighting Against Gun Violence

They’ve been all over the news since February, walking out of class, marching for their lives in the streets and dunking on the president of…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 8, 2018

Opening These Two New Schools Would Give Connecticut Parents What They Deserve: A Choice

As we celebrate National Charter Schools Week across the country, we take note of how far we have come since the nation’s first charter school…

By Yamuna Menon

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall called #ReimagingingSchoolSafety. Special guests include:…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

By Christina Laster

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