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Posted Aug. 8, 2019

When a Student Says, ‘The President Is Going to Take My Parents Away’

In my fourth-grade classroom in Houston, Texas, the morning after Election Day 2016 was quiet. As students filed into the classroom, I asked them to…

By Rosario Quiroz Villarreal

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

Teachers Got Me Through My Dad’s Deportation. That’s Why I Want To Be One.

This post is part of a series by high school students who are sharing their love of teaching during #LoveTeaching week. The students participate in…

By Elizabeth Soriano-Salgado

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Don’t Think We Need DACA? My Students Prove You Wrong

I teach in rural Central Illinois, and my high school, PORTA, is predominantly White, like most of the small schools in my area. However, I…

By Pat Marshall

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Nov. 7, 2017

I Should Have Done More for My Undocumented Students, So Now I’m Showing Up for DACA

When I first heard the news that the Trump administration planned to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), my thoughts went immediately to my…

By Kate Sullivan Frades

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Posted Sep. 13, 2017

Undocumented People Aren’t a Threat to Communities. They Are Our Communities.

Teachers returning to the classroom across the country carry a heavy burden of explaining the unexplainable. Students will have hard questions about the horrific events…

By Jessica Cuellar

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Posted Sep. 5, 2017

‘Will They Cancel Everything?’ A DREAMer Copes With the End of DACA

My neighbor, Oscar Carrillo, has lived almost all of his 18 years in legal limbo. His parents brought him to the United States as a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

Has Trump Changed His Mind on Deporting Over 700,000 Students, Graduates and Teachers?

Lizandro had an athletic scholarship to play soccer for a North Carolina school. His older brother Diego worked extra hard to catch up in high…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 15, 2017

Sometimes You Have to Face Politics in the Classroom, Even in Kindergarten

In the current political climate, emotions in America are high. Regardless of a community’s prevailing politics, teachers see these emotions play out in classrooms. This…

By Kevin Wood

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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