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Posted Jan. 28, 2021

When There Is Choice, All Students Win

For nearly two decades, I have enjoyed teaching micro and macroeconomics and coaching the economics team at a public high school. I feel immensely gratified…

By Vann Prime

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Posted Jan. 27, 2021

I’m Glad To Be Back in the Classroom. My Students Need Me.

November 12th was our first day of school in-person since March of last year. On my drive to school, I was excited and grateful—thinking about…

By Ryan Hooper

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Posted Oct. 15, 2020

Even Remotely, I Still Plan to Lead a Student-Centered Second Grade

As we settle into this school year virtually, I’ve been a little nervous, but I am committed to providing my second grade students with the…

By Tanniece Chinn

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Posted Aug. 11, 2020
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Advocating for My Students Means Calling Out Racist Statements From Educators

I have done a lot of self-reflection over the last few weeks. I am angry with myself. I, who pride myself on being culturally competent,…

By Nikki Jarquin

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted May 8, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Begin to Better Equip Themselves to Deal With the Challenge We’re Facing

One of my mentors begins each interrogative problem-solving conversation with the same question, “Who knew what, when, and what did you do about it?” The…

By Heidi Oliver-O’Gilvie

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Posted Mar. 2, 2020

It Was the Worst Moment of My Teaching Career, And I Was the Problem

One of the best teachers I have ever known has a tattoo on the inside of her wrist of the snake from “The Little Prince.”…

By Derek Davidson

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Posted June 25, 2019

I Felt Invisible in School, But I Teach So My LGBTQ+ Students Can Have the Chance to Be Seen

If you look up the word “visibility” in the dictionary, you get quite a few definitions including, “The ability to see or be seen.” When…

By Ace Schwarz

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Posted Oct. 15, 2018

From Just Being Woke to Doing the Work of Recruiting Diverse Teachers

The data, the research, the demographics are all staggering and compelling. But nothing is more compelling than the actual experiences of teachers of color, who…

By Inger H. Swimpson

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Posted Aug. 31, 2018

I’ve Never Been Quick to Call Someone Racist, But I’ve Had Enough of This ‘Monkey’ Business

Outrage: We’re Not Your Monkey, Nigger, Niggah or Nigga I want to believe that everyone who “accidentally” says, “nigga,” “niggah” or “nigger” because their favorite…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 10, 2021

EXPLAINED: The American Rescue Plan Gives a Huge Boost to School Funding

What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021? You may have heard it as the “second big COVID stimulus,” but the actual name is…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Apr. 7, 2021

We Have No Idea What This Year Has Been Like for Our Kids

One year ago, my now-kindergartener left his bustling and diverse transitional kindergarten classroom with sensory learning areas designed for academic and social skills development to…

By Sonya Heisters

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