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Posted May 12, 2020

Students Who Are Homeless Need Us Now More Than Ever. And It Starts at the Top.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, public schools identified 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness. Tom*, a high school senior in York County, PA, was one…

By Barbara Duffield

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Posted Nov. 26, 2019

These Are the Students Who Inspired Us This Decade

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: With the end of the year fast approaching—and with it the closing of a decade—it is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on some of the stories we’ve had the privilege of sharing and amplifying over the years.…

By Joshua I. Stewart

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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 June 26, 2018

I Was a Homeless Student and School Helped Me Find My Way Home

I first experienced homelessness with my family, then on my own. I was born to a single mother and a father who was absent because…

By Jamie Warren

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Posted June 20, 2018

We Got 99 Problems But One Confederate-Named School Ain’t One

Outrage: Too Many Kids on the Street There are 1.3 million students in America without homes. Nate Bowling teaches 12 of them. I think I’m…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 11, 2018

I’ve Had 12 Students Tell Me They’re Homeless This Year

Every period, every day, I greet students at the door so I can have a pre-class check-in. I joke with kids, compliment fades, eyebrows and…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Dec. 20, 2017

This Holiday Season You Should Be Thinking About Homeless LGBTQ+ Students and Here’s Why

The holiday season is a time of year that many spend with family and friends to share in each other’s joys and success and reflect…

By Jenee Duncan, Jemelleh Coes

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Posted Nov. 28, 2017

After One Night on the Street, I’m Thinking About All the Young People Who Are Homeless Every Night

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I watched a segment on Chicago’s WGN Morning News where two youth told their stories about homelessness. Something changed inside me,…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 16, 2017

Homelessness, Cancer and a Two-Hour Commute Won’t Get in the Way of Her Daughters’ Education

In Morris Heights, Bronx, the alarm sounds at 4:00 a.m. signaling to Shadina Charles that it is time to wake up and get her daughters…

By Keciah Bailey

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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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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