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Posted June 13, 2019
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Fixing School Discipline Policies Requires Listening and Looking at the Data

Research tells us that despite past efforts of educators and education advocates, Black and Latinx students are still consistently suspended at disproportionate rates. As districts…

By Michael F. Lewis, Ph.D.

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Posted May 31, 2019
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I Want to #RemakeLearning to Ensure My Sons Can Thrive in an Ever-Changing World

The children of 1960s-era civil rights-leading parents, my siblings and I were always told that the key to success in life is education. Amid marching…

By Dorie Taylor

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Posted May 13, 2019

It Cost Nearly $250K to Teach My Son to Read. Here’s How to Do Better for Less.

My formerly illiterate fourth-grade son is now an eighth-grader at The Windward School for Children with Dyslexia, where he learned to read. Next year, he…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted May 10, 2019

I Can’t Say Thank You Enough to My Late High School Teacher Mr. Murphy

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, I’ve done some reflecting about my own years as a student. There are teachers who have a lasting…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 1, 2019

Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ Tied to Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

Last year mental health experts, school counselors and parents were sounding the alarm on the wildly popular Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” because of concerns…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

When I Walk Into a School I See Kids Who Remind Me of Myself, Waiting for an Opportunity

Recently I have been thinking about what it means to be in the “education reform” space and reflecting on how I got here. Many of…

By Jill Shahen

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Posted Apr. 18, 2019

I Survived Columbine. Here Is What Got Me Through the Healing Process.

I didn’t want to go to school that day. Actually, I just didn’t want to go to math class. We had a test and I…

By Liz Lancaster

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

I’m So Focused on What My Daughter With Autism Needs That I Sometimes Forget About Her Wants

When I realized my younger daughter was disabled, my belief in what was possible for her life changed. As her parent, I had to focus…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Mar. 29, 2019

Betsy DeVos Wants Larger Paychecks For Teachers Who Deliver Results for Kids

In a recent statement to Congress, Betsy DeVos, the nation’s education chief, made the following statement: Students may be better served by being in larger…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 28, 2019

With the Right Team of Adults Behind Her, My Autistic Child Is Killing It at School

Nationwide, health coverage for autism-related services is seriously lacking. In my home state of Illinois, advocates are pushing newly elected Governor Pritzker to expand Medicaid…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted June 11, 2019
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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

We all know the female elementary school teacher stereotype, perhaps best portrayed by the iconic Jessica Day from New Girl: bubby, cheerful, exquisitely put-together, good,…

By Kristabel Stark

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

By Jawon Mayberry

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