Dreamers

Posted Nov. 26, 2019

These Are the Students Who Inspired Us This Decade

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: With the end of the year fast approaching—and with it the closing of a decade—it is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the stories we’ve had the privilege of sharing and amplifying over the years.…

By Joshua I. Stewart

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Posted Mar. 27, 2018

My Dad Was a DREAMer, and I’m Living That Dream Now

My father came to the United States when he was 5 years old to work as a migrant worker in the fields. That makes him…

By Vince Casillas

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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 Sep. 27, 2017

We Can Be a Nation of Dreamers and a Nation of Laws

On a hot day before the end of the school year, I sat in my classroom with Wajid, a tall and reedy senior who had…

By Josh Kaufmann

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

DeVos Has a ‘Heart’ for DREAMers. But That’s About It.

While President Trump took to his usual 140-characters Thursday to tip-toe around his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program his administration…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

The End of DACA Could Mean Death for Immigrants Like Me

As a foreign-born citizen, I am devastated with the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Over 800,000 young undocumented immigrants…

By Edrees Saied

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Posted Sep. 6, 2017

Defending DACA Unifies Education Advocates From Opposite Sides of the Debate

President Donald Trump chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a protection put in place by former President Barack Obama for…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

Why I Support DACA as a Teacher, a Black Woman, a Christian and a Human Being

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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