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Posted Aug. 16, 2019

Go Slow at the Beginning of the Year So Your Students Can Go Fast Later

Welcome back to a new year of students and teaching! For some of you, this will be your first group of students and they will…

By Tyler Harms

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Posted Aug. 18, 2017

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know Before Their First Year of Teaching

When I joined the teaching force almost a decade ago, many veteran teachers warned me that classroom management was the key to success. In the…

By Raymond Gonzalez

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Posted Mar. 10, 2017

My 4th- and 6th-Graders Are Reading the Same Book in School. Should I Be Worried?

My fourth-grader and sixth-grader are reading the same book in school right now. That’s right. The book is “The Lightning Thief.”  And what’s more, my…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 20, 2015

Rich Kids and Poor Kids Are Being Taught Different Things And That Accounts for One Third of America’s Achievement Gap

Jill Barshay of The Hechinger Report highlights a study of 33 countries, including America, that shows that what is (or isn't) being taught in schools is directly contributing to achievement gaps between rich and poor students. The evidence shows that a wealthy student is far more likely to be taught more challenging content than a poor student. A recent study examined how much of the achievement gap in math between rich and poor 15-year-old…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 13, 2015

Our College Students Need to Be Better Writers, Novelist Says

Michael Laser, a fiction novelist, writes a piece at The Hechinger Report about his eye opening experience as a professor of expository writing at a university near his home. His contention is very simkple: that college students by and large lack the ability to construct basic sentences. He reached out to everyone he could think of to figure out how to help his students improve their writing skills and despite his best efforts, was disappointed…

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Posted July 14, 2020

We Cannot Allow Reopening Schools to Be a Political Issue

After four years of being a largely forgotten policy area, PK-12 education suddenly became a national priority last week. Under ordinary circumstances, this should be…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted July 13, 2020

White Progressives Have a Lot of Work to Do, and I’m Not Here to Help

When I ran for school board it was the former Minneapolis mayor who was the first elected official to endorse me. She asked me a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 13, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Respond to the Challenges Ahead and Open Stronger

There is no doubt educators are exhausted from a trial-by-fire school year. As a virulent pathogen spread, we were forced to abandon brick and mortar…

By Jen Murtha, Lynette Guastaferro

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