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Posted Aug. 24, 2021

Should Schools Offer More Remote Options?

As schools across the country return to in-person learning, parents are divided. We thought the pandemic was over and, suddenly, with the surge of the…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 12, 2021

EXPLAINED: What Is Title I and How Is It Used to Fund Our Schools?

When national politicians and lobbyists argue we should spend more money on K-12 education, they’re almost always talking about increasing allocations for a federal funding…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 8, 2021

EXPLAINED: What Are Standardized Tests and Why Do We Need Them?

Few education topics get parents, teachers, and school leaders more riled up than discussions about using results from student tests to measure the quality of…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 5, 2021

EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom

What is critical race theory? Critical race theory (sometimes abbreviated to CRT) is an intellectual approach to looking at U.S. society with a belief that racism…

By Education Post

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 8, 2021

A Leaky Pipeline Loses Teachers of Color

Despite the benefits of a diverse teaching force, prospective teachers of color fall out of our leaky preparation pipeline at every stage: preparation, hiring, induction…

By Education Post

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Posted Mar. 8, 2021

Teacher Diversity Explained: Why It Matters, and How We Got Here

While America’s student body has grown more diverse over time, the teachers working with them have remained overwhelmingly white. While more than half of public…

By Education Post

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Posted June 5, 2020

Seeking Justice for Black and Brown Children? Focus on the Social Determinants of Health

The fight for educational equity has never been just about schools. The real North Star for this work is providing opportunities for each child to…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 21, 2019

They’re Trying to Ban Charter Schools in California. Here’s Why That Matters.

About two years ago this time I had to write an explainer piece when the NAACP pushed for a moratorium on public charter schools. The…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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