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Posted Dec. 16, 2021

Parent Power: Will We Choose Pitchforks or Partnerships?

After two tumultuous years of intermittent school closures, parents and caregivers are claiming their power within the education system in a new way. It ain’t…

By Alejandro Gibes de Gac

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Posted Dec. 14, 2021

The School Year Hasn’t Been Easy, But My Students Have Pushed Through at Every Turn

When I gathered with my fellow teachers at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School K-6 before the start of the school year, it was with a…

By Faith Martin

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Posted Nov. 12, 2021

COVID Didn’t Give Us Much to Celebrate, But We Need to Keep Virtual Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a critical component of every school year. This is an opportunity for teachers to share with families the areas of success for…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

Teachers Can’t Expect to Be Held to the Whims of Every Parent

Should we teach about the Civil War anymore? This was a question I was asked by a concerned teacher who feared potential pushback from parents.…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 3, 2021

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional intelligence. At the Housman Institute,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 27, 2021

Here’s How Educators Can Recharge to Prepare for a Successful School Year

The 2021 end-of-year celebrations likely brought a greater sense of accomplishment than normal for educators, students, and families, but we know the last few months…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted June 2, 2021

Public Schools and Parents Can Work Together to Create Lasting Solutions for Students

I’ve been a public school teacher for nine years, which is more than long enough to become familiar with the imperfections of the system. From…

By Isis Spann

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Posted Apr. 14, 2021

I’m Sorry (But Not Sorry) My Child Isn’t Going to Zoom Detention

Last week, social media was ablaze due to a parent’s frustration about a consequence her child received. Uju Anya went on to explain how the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Mar. 29, 2021

Parent Partnerships Are Key to Student Success

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings recently released survey results about parents’ beliefs and goals for their children’s education. Almost 25,000 parents across ten…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 1, 2020

How I’m Helping My Child With Special Needs Navigate Remote Learning

My children always start school two weeks before everyone else. So after two weeks of e-learning—or what I am calling two-weeks “in the trenches”—I feel…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 26, 2022

Missouri Just Gave Me Back My Power to Choose the Best School for My Children

As a single mother of four—three of them in school, and one in college—I’ve had to face my share of struggles. But some of the…

By Latasha Buchanan

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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