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Posted May 8, 2019

We Can Do Better Than Just Thanking Teachers With Free Coffee and Donuts

One Teacher Appreciation Week years ago, we each remember being thrilled to find letters from our principal in our school mailboxes thanking us for all…

By Evan Stone, Sydney Morris

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead,…

By Charles Beavers

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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Teachers, Can You Explain This Survey to Me? Because I’m Really Confused.

Dear Teachers, I just read some of the results of a survey and I’m confused. The good people over at Educators for Excellence asked a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Want to Solve the Problems of Our Most Challenged Schools? Better Include the Teachers.

Late this summer, Illinois passed landmark legislation reforming our inequitable and outdated school funding formula. Many would say this was a big win for our…

By Steven G. Fouts

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Posted Mar. 29, 2017

Coffee Break: E4E on Entering a New Chapter and Working on Reform From the Inside Out

Recently, the teacher-led reform group Educators for Excellence (E4E) announced a rebranding that includes an updated set of core principles and a new look for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017

Every Classroom Should Be a Safe Space for Students. That’s Why We Started Community Circles.

Increased raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and new orders from Homeland Security to deport millions of immigrants impact my classroom on a daily…

By Mark Gozonsky

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Posted Feb. 3, 2017

These Teachers Are Not Here for Betsy DeVos But If Confirmed, They Want Her to Listen

Educators for Excellence does not endorse or oppose candidates for elected or appointed office, but we do amplify the positions of our members. More than…

By Evan Stone, Sydney Morris

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Posted Feb. 2, 2017

Trump Is Wrong: Our Public Schools Are Not ‘Flush With Cash’

There were many parts of President Trump’s inaugural address that drew attention, but his description of the state of education in our nation was among…

By Sarah Zuckerman

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Posted Dec. 12, 2016

I’m Over Staying Silent About the Inequities in Our Schools That Impact Poor and Students of Color

In many ways, the election seems like a lifetime ago. I recall that the weather on the weekend before election day was gorgeous. I was…

By Clare Dickey

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

Teachers, Don’t Miss This. Here’s How You Can Tell Your State How to Judge Your Classroom.

As a teacher who is part of Minnesota’s working group for how the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be implemented, it’s disappointing that many…

By Anthony Hernandez

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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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