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Posted July 23, 2020

When We Do Our Homework and Put Resources in Place, Students Can Do Their Homework, Too

On Juneteenth, throngs of Washington D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) students marched to the U.S. Department of Education to protest racial disparities in the capital’s education…

By Shalinee Sharma

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Posted June 4, 2019

We Are D.C. Education Leaders of Color and Advocates for a High-Quality Public Education for Every Student in Every Neighborhood

As noted in a May 26 Washington Post article, Paul Kihn, Washington, D.C.’s deputy mayor for education (DME), wrote a memo to the D.C. Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) ahead of its May 20th vote on new charter applications. The DME’s memo, formally known as the School System Capacity Assessment, expressed concerns about adding new charter campuses, saying they “are competing for a relatively limited number of high school aged…

By D.C. Education Leaders of Color

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

For This D.C. Teacher, There’s Still Hope But Again It’s Deferred

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”—Proverbs 13:12 These days when you hear about D.C. Public Schools…

By Beth Dewhurst

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017

Principals From Charter and District Schools Come Together to Better Serve Students

A recent article in U.S. News and World Report highlighted the importance of charter-district collaboration and encouraged the incoming Trump administration to make it a…

By Christalyn Solomon

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

I Go to a Catholic High School and It’s Changed My Life

After spending my elementary and middle school years in public schools, I stumbled upon a private school called Don Bosco Cristo Rey in Washington, D.C.,…

By Neyda Mendez

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Guess What, Liberals Support Charter Schools Too

It’s not easy being a political progressive and a charter school supporter. In these polarized times, it’s easy to forget how many of us support…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Statement on Antwan Wilson’s Appointment as New Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson has been named by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. Antwan brings to D.C. a relentless focus on educational equity and a stellar track record of driving academic improvements in cities like Denver and Oakland. No one fights harder for kids or believes more deeply in their ability to achieve, and he is the right leader to continue…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 3, 2016

How Meaningful Teacher Evaluation Systems Help Improve the Teacher Pipeline

Teacher evaluation reform, improving schools’ measurement of who is doing a good job in classrooms and who isn’t, has been nothing if not controversial in…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016

Coffee Break: Math Teacher Noelani Davis on D.C. Public Schools, Better Professional Development and the Virtues of Stealing

One of the few things that everyone in the education debate generally agrees on is that we need to give teachers better and more tailored…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 15, 2016

VIDEO: The Danger of a Single Story and How Common Core Can Help

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s seminal TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, she argues against using one anecdote to come to any general conclusion…

By Josh Parker

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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