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Posted Apr. 9, 2019

Even in Death, Black and Brown Students Are Dehumanized

In my second year of teaching, I had a notorious student we’ll call Israel. After the first day of class, we sat down and discussed…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Mar. 28, 2019

With the Right Team of Adults Behind Her, My Autistic Child Is Killing It at School

Nationwide, health coverage for autism-related services is seriously lacking. In my home state of Illinois, advocates are pushing newly elected Governor Pritzker to expand Medicaid…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Going to a Women’s HBCU Inspired Me to Fight for College Access for Everyone

At my small high school in East St. Louis, Illinois, going away to college was not accessible to all. The few most promising students were…

By Brittany Collins

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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

When I Failed My Student, Restorative Justice Picked Us Up

During one of my daily writing warm-up exercises Alex, a sophomore in my remedial English class, decided to exercise his defiance by yelling, “Get off…

By Shannon Levitt

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

‘The Make-or-Break Year’ Offers Ed Reformers Sobering Lessons on How Real School Change Happens

“If we have to remove dead weight, we will remove dead weight.” That’s what the assistant principal of Chicago’s Orr High School told me in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

Nobody Likes a Teachers Strike. Here’s How We Can Work to Avoid Them.

Nobody likes a teachers strike. I know. I have lived through a number of them. And I’m doing it again this week. My life and…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Feb. 5, 2019

Forget the School-to-Prison Pipeline, For White Boys It’s the School-to-Politics Pipeline

Tonight, President Donald Trump will deliver his State of the Union address. Like many other U.S. citizens, I see our current president as deeply flawed,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 10, 2019

Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by…

By Kate Hardiman

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Posted Dec. 7, 2018

Black Kids Don’t Need a Handout or a Shortcut, They Just Need Schools That Work

Outrage: Black Kids Are Dumb, Poor and Incapable of Success Do y’all remember the line from “The Color Purple,” “I’m poor, I’m Black…I may even…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Dec. 4, 2018

Embarc’s Imran Khan on Why College Isn’t the Holy Grail

Recently I sat down with Imran Khan, co-founder of Embarc, a nonprofit that partners with 18 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools to provide three…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 18, 2019

I Survived Columbine. Here Is What Got Me Through the Healing Process.

I didn’t want to go to school that day. Actually, I just didn’t want to go to math class. We had a test and I…

By Liz Lancaster

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

20 Years After Columbine, I Still Have to Worry About My Students’ Safety

Before I left school yesterday, I looked at my classroom. Not to check and make sure the floor was clean, or to look for coats…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Apr. 12, 2019

How Educators Can Keep Their Kids Stress-Free and Learning

Trauma is a silent, but very prevalent problem in the classrooms of today. In fact, recent reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

By Jori Hamilton

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