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Posted Jan. 11, 2021

You Don’t Just ‘Raise’ A Reader, You Have to Teach Kids to Read, Too

When I give presentations about dyslexia, I often illustrate how neurodiversity works by showing a chessboard. Some people can easily see all the patterns of…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Dec. 17, 2020

The Most Important Question a Teacher Can Ask Is ‘How Are the Children?’

On the sun-glazed African continent, the most storied warrior people, incomparably formidable and sagacious in war, is the Maasai. It is perhaps unexpected, then, to learn…

By Robert S. Harvey

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Posted Dec. 4, 2020

I Was There When Lucy Calkins Shifted Toward Cognitive Science

In October, national media reported on the remarkable shift toward phonics and away from 3-Cueing now under way for noted reading curriculum leader Lucy Calkins…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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Posted Nov. 16, 2020

We Can’t Avoid Politics. Here’s How to Bring Them Into the Classroom

Only days after the projected presidential results, a microphone unmutes with shuffling in the backdrop, and a doubtful guise on the face of a teenage,…

By Robert S. Harvey

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Posted Nov. 13, 2020

The Epidemic We’re Not Talking About: Most High School Seniors Can’t Read or Do Math

The National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP)—nicknamed “America’s Report Card”—released their 12th grade scores at the end of October.  The horrifying results: Just 37% of 12th-graders reached or…

By Alina Adams

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Posted Oct. 8, 2020

As Usual, Education Is Not a Priority for Our Presidential Candidates

With less than four weeks until election day, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden finished their first presidential debate last week with no…

By Francis Connolly

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Posted Sep. 28, 2020

Let’s Offer College Credit for National Service

Thanks to the pandemic, college as we knew it has been seriously disrupted. This year could be the biggest gap year ever for recent high…

By Sara Goldrick-Rab, Hirokazu Yoshikawa

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Posted Aug. 25, 2020

Will We Still Fight for Racial Justice in Schools This Fall?

Parents, I can say with confidence the classrooms your children left in the spring will not be the same one they will return to this…

By Grace Harkins

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Posted July 27, 2020

If Keeping Great Teachers in the Classroom Is Important, Invest in Teacher Development

After eight years as a New York City high school social studies teacher, I thought my love of teaching and leadership would naturally lead me…

By Arthur Everett

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman Is Climbing That Hill. Now if Only The Rest of Us Would Join Her.

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

By Rob Samuelson

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