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Posted Mar. 25, 2020

Real Talk From Parents Homeschooling Children With Disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities are already some of the strongest, fiercest and most exhausted parent advocates for quality schools during regular times. So sure,…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 16, 2020

National Parents Union Emerges to Disrupt Education Conversation

When it comes to education news and policy, we are used to hearing about the involvement of a union. However, typically the unions only represent…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

Drop Your Assumptions About Kids With Special Needs and Their Families

As a parent of a child with special needs, I pay a lot of money to provide the services that she needs to be successful…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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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 Jan. 22, 2019

Help Other Parents Find the Best Schools for Their Kids by Sharing Your Story

When we want to improve things, we often talk about what is broken. But if we truly want to find solutions, we need to pay…

By Andrew Campanella

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

If We Really Want to Change Our Schools, We Need to Get Real About What’s Happening in Them

Thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina and the reunification of all schools under the governing of Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), we are still having conversations…

By Dana Wade, Latoya Douglas

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for All the Education Advocates Who Make Doing This Work Just a Little Bit Easier

Outrage: Distractions Y’all, I’m irritated. The internet stays failing us and we believe almost everything we see and hear without doing our own research. Over…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

Cynthia Nixon’s Run for Governor Is Looking a Lot More Like ‘Hypocrisy and the City’

For the past decade or so, the forces of the educational status quo have done battle with those of education reformers. The most common line…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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