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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Do I Really Have to Say That Suspensions Hurt Kids?

In the recent article “Suspension Bans Hurt Kids,” which argues that a ban on “willful defiance” suspensions in Los Angeles public schools has led to…

By Christina Kim

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Posted May 16, 2017

I Tell My Students They Are Safe From Immigration Raids in School. I Hope I’m Right.

Recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrests in schools have rattled communities, prompting local leaders to speak out. Just last week in New York City,…

By Naomi Zuckerman

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Here Are Some Must-Reads From Educators Who Are Changing the Conversation

Over the past week, 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee has been in the media spotlight, sharing the recipe to her success with…

By Charlie Cummings

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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 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 Oct. 5, 2016

Great Teachers Are Made and Title II Is How We Make Them

Last week, far from my South Los Angeles classroom, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance to help states and districts make the most out…

By Misti Kemmer

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

What We’re Saying When We Don’t Talk to Students About Violence in Chicago

Chicago students witness many different acts of violence in their local communities. In just the past year, there have been 400 shootings involving people of…

By Eliza Bryant, Gabrielle Pike

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Posted Sep. 9, 2016

Teachers, It’s Time for Us to Raise Our Voices to the Dept of Education Today

While teachers and students are back at school, statewide testing regulations are being created that will impact an entire generation of students. So, even though…

By Maya Kruger

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Posted June 30, 2016

Orlando Is a Tragic Reminder That Our Schools Must Be Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

When I look back on my own youth in Chicago—a city that is notoriously plagued with gun violence—I can think of countless times that I…

By Matthew White

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Posted June 27, 2016

Here’s How We Help Our Students Take ‘Pride’ in Who They Are

Coming out is never simple or easy, but it’s especially tough when you’re a teacher. The first time I “came out” to my students, it…

By Tiffany Moyer-Washington

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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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