Literacy

Posted Nov. 8, 2019

How to Throw a Big Ass House Party and Change the Game for Our Kids

Got you with the title, didn’t I? LOL! But since I have you here, let me tell you how to throw a big ass house…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 5, 2019

Thank God for Parents Who Refuse to Be Gaslighted by the Failing Education System

Last week I attended a community town hall in Nashville organized by my friend Vesia Hawkins, a relentless and faithful community servant who brought together…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 25, 2019

Reading the Right Books, Not Just the White Books, Will Help Black Students Succeed

Dear Black Students:  I want to tell you something controversial, something different from the messages most people will give you. I want you to know…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 23, 2019

If We Don’t Give Students the Freedom to Choose What They Read, They May Choose Not to Read at All

Once again there is a story about censorship in schools. A Catholic school in Tennessee has decided their students should not read Harry Potter because they…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 6, 2019

When It Comes to Teaching Reading, When Will We Get It Right?

This summer, it seems like nobody took time off from the debate about how best to teach children to read. Emily Hanford’s latest documentary explores…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted July 24, 2019

My Kid Had Tons of Background Knowledge, But He Couldn’t Read Without Learning Phonics

When our son was born, my husband and I knew a lot about how to prepare him to be a reader. We knew how to…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted July 10, 2019

How a Dozen Immigrant Parents Organized to Transform Literacy in Their District

Parents’ love for their children is the single greatest—and most underutilized—natural resource in education. I learned this firsthand as a son. My parents escaped political…

By Alejandro Gibes de Gac

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Posted July 2, 2019

Have We Been Paying Too Much Attention to Girls in School at the Expense of Boys?

Legendary actress Meryl Streep recently garnered a considerable amount of media attention during a Vanity Fair panel about the second season of HBO’s series “Big…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted June 28, 2019

Free College Is Cool But When Will Presidential Candidates Start Talking About K-12

I was a first-generation college student who considered dropping out my freshman year because I couldn’t pass math.  As an honor student who attended high…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted June 14, 2019

To Struggling Readers, High School Graduate and Aspiring Literacy Teacher Daniella Martinez Says, ‘Sí Se Puede!’

Every time I talk with my mom about what I want to be when I grow up, she cries. Not out of fear or sadness,…

By Daniella Martinez

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Posted Nov. 11, 2019

While We Get Lost in the Wrong Arguments, Too Many of Our Kids Aren’t Ready for the Future

As a Generation Xer, I was sold the dream in the 1990s that one day we would all telecommute to work, execute our daily duties…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 11, 2019

We Need a New Way of Talking About Students Who Face Barriers Erected by Adults and Sustained by Broken Systems

I bring John, David, Ana and Sally into every training, strategy session and decision-making room I occupy.  Well, actually I bring their stories, to remind…

By Cami Anderson

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Posted Nov. 5, 2019

It’s Time for Chicago and Its Teachers Union to Collaborate and Win for Kids

After 11 days on the picket line, Chicago public school teachers are back at work and there’s plenty of chest-beating and navel-gazing underway.  Speculation is…

By Peter Cunningham

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