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Posted Dec. 28, 2020

As 2020 Comes to a Close, We Are Tired and Inspired

It was that kind of day. Parents and teachers know the one: the day before the holiday break. The day when all grades are due,…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Dec. 11, 2020

Education for Black Kids Cannot Look the Same as It Did in 2020

We lost so many lives this year—lives that could’ve been saved if people just gave a damn for once. And I’m not referring to the…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 8, 2020

Black Students Are Waiting for a ‘Jingle Jangle’ Moment

“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a new Christmas movie on Netflix that premiered earlier this month. The movie begins with two children sitting in…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Dec. 27, 2019

Here’s Why My Heart Grew Three Sizes While Doing Cafeteria Duty

You know that iconic scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original, not that abominable remake) when the narrator says, “Well, in Whoville they…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Dec. 17, 2019

The Week Before Winter Break Doesn’t Have to Be a Nightmare

One of the hardest weeks of the school year is the week before winter break.  The turn up is real. Students start acting as if…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Dec. 19, 2018

How You Can Help Your Students Cope With Holiday Stress

Not all of your students look forward to the upcoming holiday season. Students may exhibit more frequent or new behaviors this time of year. The…

By Tyler Harms

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Posted July 3, 2018

I’ll Celebrate the Fourth. Not for Who We Are. But for Who We Can Be.

I’ve never been the flag waving type. Patriotism, to me, was just one step down the road from nationalism, and my European-Jewish heritage knew enough…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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