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Posted Nov. 13, 2019

To See the Real Picture on NAEP, You Have to Know Where to Look

It would be all too easy to see the grim headlines about the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores as the whole…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Nov. 12, 2018

How I’m Using My Story as a Homeless Student to Help Students Turn Trauma Into Strengths

By the time I was 15 years old, I was living on my own, and mostly homeless. My parents were undocumented immigrants. I didn’t know…

By Karla Estrada

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Posted July 25, 2018

Coffee Break: North Carolina’s Wanda Legrand Knows Students Can’t Be Successful Unless They Feel Loved

“We’ve not done enough to make students feel valued for their differences,” says Wanda Legrand, the new chief schools support officer for Guilford County Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

Business Knows It, the Military Knows It and Now It’s Time We Know It in Education: Leadership Matters

We’ve seen it happen too many times to count. Every two to three years, state and district education chiefs across the country step down and,…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

Coffee Break: De’Shawn Wright on Being Destined for Public Service and Finding Purpose in Education

De’Shawn Wright has spent more than 15 years serving in senior leadership posts in government and the nonprofit sector and is a part of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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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 July 5, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Vanessa Rodriguez on the Real Difference-Maker We Should Be Talking About

Vanessa Rodriguez has deep experience working with the students of New York City. She started her career as a bilingual teacher at a Bronx elementary…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coffee Break: Christopher Ruszkowski on the Coffee Shop ‘Post-up,’ the Immigrant Experience and Dinkytown Pierogies

Christopher Ruszkowski has just about a coast-to-coast education reform resume, with stops in Delaware, Louisiana and the Bay Area. He’s now the deputy secretary for…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Tulsa’s Talia Shaull on Peruvian Coffee, Developing Talented Teachers and Embracing Innovation

Putting the best talent in front of students in every classroom is among the toughest and most important challenges in public education. Talia Shaull tackles…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 11, 2017

Coffee Break: Angelica Infante-Green on Creating the Nation’s First Dual Language Program for Children With Autism

As a deputy commissioner for the New York State Education Department, Angelica Infante-Green is making a difference in the critical areas of special education and…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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