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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 1, 2020

4 Tips to Prioritize Students’ Dignity During Remote Learning

Have you ever revisited your philosophy of teaching? I don’t mean the progressive policies you ardently advocate for at faculty meetings or on Facebook; I…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Aug. 17, 2020

COVID Changed Everything About My Classroom

I cried as I set up my classroom this year. This was no dainty, politely fighting-back-tears kind of cry. It was a violent, sobbing, heaving…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020
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I Believe in School Choice, But Only When Those Choices Are Available to Everyone

Two weeks ago, the governor of my state directed $32 million dollars in funds from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund to create…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Aug. 6, 2020

White Teachers, Our Whiteness Is Getting in Our Way

Since the murder of George Floyd, teacher leaders across America have sought to prove the necessity of antiracism in public education. And rightly so: from…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted July 22, 2020

Educators Know the Challenges We Face Reopening Schools, So Listen to Them

I feel the need to admit that I am penning this piece after a heated phone call with a friend who is a teacher leader.…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 17, 2020

The Last Will and Testament of the American Schoolteacher

On July 7, President Trump reiterated his desire to reopen schools in the fall, as well as his lack of understanding related to how diseases…

By Mark Gudgel

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Posted July 16, 2020

We Deserve Better Than Betsy DeVos and Her White Privilege Plan to Reopen Schools

My family was supposed to move back South this summer. That was the plan as soon as we left back in 2017.  I will never…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted July 14, 2020

We Cannot Allow Reopening Schools to Be a Political Issue

After four years of being a largely forgotten policy area, PK-12 education suddenly became a national priority last week. Under ordinary circumstances, this should be…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted July 14, 2020

I Am a Teacher. Here’s What Scares Me Most About COVID-19

I’m afraid of COVID-19. So are you. And so is everyone else. Fear is the only rational response given the current pandemic. Yet fear can…

By Rich Ognibene

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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