Gina Caneva

Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Apr. 25, 2019

I’m Teaching My Students How to Read and Think Beyond the Headline

We’ve all been there. A tempting headline, a picture too startling to keep our fingers at rest. We skim through the article. We write a…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Oct. 31, 2018

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Most Effective Cabinet Member? The Answer May Frighten You.

Two winters ago, Kaitlyn Kirk, one of my premier students, came into the library with her eyes glued to her phone. Headphones in, she sat…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted July 11, 2018

Here Are Three Reasons for Chicago Public Schools’ Success

With Chicago’s school closings, enrollment declines, funding issues and problematic special education reforms dominating the headlines for the past five years, it’s difficult to trust…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

Here’s What Trump’s Words Actually Mean to My Students

As a Chicago public high school English teacher and teacher-librarian for the past 14 years, I often give my students famous speeches to analyze. As…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

The Story You Haven’t Heard About Why They’re Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Mississippi

I’ll admit it. When I first heard of the Biloxi, Mississippi junior high school board’s decision to stop teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” my first…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

Whether You Call Them ‘Vouchers’ or Not, It’s Time to Ask Some Tough Questions in Illinois

Recently, the negatively-charged term “voucher” has been morphing into the more positive term “scholarship program.” In the case of my home state of Illinois, before…

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Posted June 14, 2021

As Cities Drop Remote Learning, Some Families Want It Back

It’s no secret that the phrase “remote learning” is synonymous with frustration for many families who have been dealing with Zoom class horror stories and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted June 10, 2021

Teachers, Your LGBTQ+ Students Need You to Do More Than Wear a Rainbow T-Shirt or Wave a Flag on Pride Weekend

It’s June, which means Pride Month is here! In a year where many elected officials and school districts are more determined than ever to center…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted June 11, 2021

Award-Winning Educators Call on States to Halt Bans on Critical Race Theory

As award-winning elementary and secondary school educators, we seek to ensure that our students receive an excellent education, to advance our students’ skills, knowledge, and…

By ERCA Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity

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