Graduation

Posted Feb. 19, 2019

Here’s How We Made Sure My Student’s Dying Father Didn’t Miss Her Graduation

#LoveTeaching Week is a grassroots campaign started by teachers in 2015 as an opportunity to celebrate teaching, leading, and learning in a way that unites…

By Becky Mitchell

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Posted July 10, 2018

That’s Right, Kids, We’ve Totally Ruined the Country. Consider It a Gift.

This post generated a lot of thoughtful responses to which the author has written a reflection reconsidering his approach to race in this particular piece.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 6, 2018

Let’s Get Real About Graduating Kids, Not Gaming Grad Rates

“Tyrone” sat across from me, leaning forward with his hands wringing in anxiety as I stared blankly at my computer screen. Staring back at me…

By Sean Worley

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Posted May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! We Don’t Care About You at All.

Hello, class of 2018! Welcome to the last day of your K-12 education and the launch of your adult lives. I know that today is…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted May 29, 2018

I’m a Cambodian Kid From Compton and Because of My Mom, I Graduated From College

As a young man growing up on the East Side of Compton, California, I never quite understood my place in my community or society. I…

By Gold Chhim

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Posted May 22, 2018

Most of My Students Didn’t Know Any College Graduates But That’s Not Stopping Them From Going to College

“I can’t believe they picked me.” That’s what Keaton Hall, a senior at Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep High School, said to me on FaceTime when…

By Taylor Cook

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Posted May 8, 2018

How My School Helped Me Find My Way in America, Raise Two Children and Be the First in My Family to Graduate

I was born in Congo in 1994 in the war that killed 5 million people. My family migrated to Rwanda to a refugee camp where…

By Feza Immaculee

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Posted May 8, 2018

Separate But Equal Doesn’t Work, Except When We’re Talking Graduation Ceremonies

Dear White Elementary and High School Administrators: Did you see what happened at the University of Florida’s graduation ceremony on Saturday? Did you see that…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Coffee Break: Sarah Duncan on How Chicago Is Solving the Dropout Problem

In a recent speech to the Council of Great City Schools, Bill Gates singled out Chicago’s Network for College Success (NCS) as an example of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 22, 2019

Every Time I Think About Leaving the Classroom, My Students Remind Me Why I’m Here

Last week, teaching almost killed me. Again. I was driving home from work, having stayed later than typical for a meeting and some organizing. The…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 23, 2019

New EPA Proposal on Pollution Could Lead to More Students With Asthma Missing School

How could my students succeed if they were not able to come to class? It was a question I used to struggle with constantly. Prior…

By Kunal Sindhu

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Posted Apr. 19, 2019

Wealthy, White People Are Still in the Business of School Segregation

What’s causing school segregation? Some people say charter schools—I say it’s White people.   Before y’all get upset, I’m not saying it’s all White people—just…

By Tanesha Peeples

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