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Posted Nov. 27, 2018

I Traveled Across 14 States and Every Student Told Me the Same Story About Why They’re Not Motivated in the Classroom

Recently I was in Dodge City, Kansas, at Red Beard Coffee on Gunsmoke Street. I walk up to a guy with a red beard—the owner—and…

By Chris Holmes

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Posted July 31, 2018

How to Save Charter Schools From the Beatdown

There seems to be an organized assault on charter schools. Legal challenges, bureaucratic barriers and smear campaigns all work to destroy their reputation, deplete their…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

How I Learned to Help My Students Talk About Hard Things

Up until a few years ago, I had struggled to find my voice as a teacher. I had internalized a set of classroom management principles…

By Jacob Carlson

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Posted Jan. 30, 2018

Our School Is Intentionally Diverse Because We Know Our Differences Make Us Stronger

Recently, a parent at one of our Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) campuses in Los Angeles shared this story with me: My husband…

By Kriste Dragon

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

My Former School District Just Made Fighting a Felony, and Here’s the Problem

In 2006, I graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County. Up until I turned 16, and later sometimes to save on gas…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

My Teachers Didn’t Believe I Could Read, But My Mom Found a School That Did

At 3-years-old I began school and could read fluently. Despite my mother telling my teachers that I could read since I was 2, they refused…

By TateAnna Gravely-Moss

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Posted Sep. 1, 2015

The Odd Couples of Education: Teachers Unions and the GOP

We were recently treated to the most in-depth conversations yet on the campaign trail regarding education policy, courtesy of a Republican candidate forum co-sponsored by The…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Aug. 11, 2015

3 Key Moments in the Hartford Integration Episode of ‘This American Life’

There’s lots to admire about the latest This American Life episode focused on stealthy school integration efforts in Hartford, Connecticut. But I must admit I found…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted Aug. 10, 2015

To Ferguson, With Love

One of the first things my professor, Sister Mary Woods, taught me in Biology 101 was the first law of nature: self-preservation. Pain and fear,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Dec. 14, 2018

Excellence Is Not a ‘White Thing’

“Mom, the kids at school said I act White,” my daughter told me one afternoon a few weeks ago. I asked her why. “Because I…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

America Has Always Used Schools as a Weapon Against Native Americans

When Michelle Obama and her husband visited students of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota in the summer of 2014, she met students…

By Katrina Boone

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room is, a post that included…

By Tom Rademacher

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