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Posted Feb. 11, 2019

My Student Turned His Life Around Thanks to Hands-On Learning

When I first met Oscar, a junior at Health & Science High School in Beaverton, Oregon, he was an extremely disengaged, cynical young man. He…

By Jeffrey Crapper

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Posted Jan. 31, 2019

I’m Showing My Students a Scientist Doesn’t Have to Be a White Guy in a Lab Coat

When I was a young girl, everyone in my life told me I should be a lawyer, because I challenged their statements, asked clarifying questions…

By Miriam Beatriz Valenzuela

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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 Nov. 5, 2018

Those Teachers in Idaho Destroyed Any Trust Parents Had in Their Teachers

Will the parents of my Mexican students ever look at me the same after Halloween in Middleton, Idaho? On Friday, I had an awesome day…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

I’m an Education Advocate and That’s Why I Can’t (and Won’t) Sit Out the Immigration Fight

It can be tempting for education advocates to see immigration as a related, but not overlapping, issue. For folks accustomed to thinking about school funding…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Oct. 17, 2018

My Science Teacher Told Me I Wasn’t Going to College. Good Thing I Didn’t Believe Him.

I grew up in East San Jose, where I attended our local traditional public schools. In elementary school, I received many awards for my academic…

By Lety Gomez

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Posted Oct. 15, 2018

I’m an Immigrant and a Student and My Voice Matters

When I was about 7 years old, I immigrated to the United States from Mexico. It was 2008 and I arrived in New York City…

By Jorge Morales

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Posted Oct. 15, 2018

I’ve Educated All Over North America and Now I’m Bringing That Experience to My Own Los Angeles School

Growing up it was difficult to escape discussions about education. Whether it was homework projects at the time or the future investments in my college…

By Grace Cruz

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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

College Credit in High School Is Great, But Where Are the Classes About My Latina History?

As a first-generation college student, I jumped at the opportunity to take college classes while in high school. As a result, I was able to…

By Joselin Rivera

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

I Dropped Out of the Same High School as My Dad. Now I’m Helping Kids Break That Cycle.

Halfway through my senior year of high school, I found I didn’t have enough credits to graduate on time. Between boredom and an hourlong bus…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted May 17, 2019

When It Comes to Charter Schools, Bernie Sanders Needs to Learn From Black Families

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he would use his power and platform to temporarily ban Black families from exercising the right to make choices about…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 16, 2019

I Came to the U.S. at 13 and Now I’m Headed to UC Santa Barbara to Become a Mechanical Engineer

I was anxious, nervous and excited. At the age of 13, I was finally going to meet my mother. I was born in Los Angeles,…

By Leslie Marquez

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Posted May 16, 2019

I’m Headed to Stanford on a Full-Tuition Scholarship and I Have My Public Charter School to Thank for That

“Education is the way out of poverty and into a better life.” For years, my family harped on this mantra in hopes of providing me…

By George Rojano

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