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Posted Aug. 4, 2020

Districts Should Partner With Experienced Online Learning Providers and Save Us From a Train Wreck of a School Year

Last March, when so much of our lives moved from in-person work and learning to digital spaces, one group of students and teachers experienced continuity:…

By Tillie Elvrum

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

No Justice for Kindergartners, Or Any Kids, This Year

Cheltenham School District just released a letter to the community confirming that after months of internal and external discussions, surveys of stakeholders, and feedback from the board,…

By Dan Schultz

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Posted July 27, 2020

As a Mom, I’m Scared AF About Schools Reopening

With the reopening of school approaching, I can’t lie, I’m scared AF! As a parent, it is my job to keep my babies educated and…

By Tracey Wiley

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

By Christina Laster

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Posted May 14, 2020

Tell Joe Biden We Need to See Some Black and Brown Parents On His So-Called Education Task Force

Earlier this year Joe Biden posed in a picture with members of the Powerful Parent Network. When I saw the picture, I was proud that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted May 1, 2020

I Learned How to Fight for My Child When He Couldn’t Read. Now I Help Other Parents Do the Same.

Advocating for your own kid, or teaching other people—doctors, dentists, teachers, etc.—about your kid, is something you learn as you go along. Even if you…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted Apr. 20, 2020

I Know What My Parents and Students Need Because I Asked Them

When Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that schools and non-emergency childcare programs in the state would remain closed through May 4, I held on to…

By Tasha Jones

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Posted Apr. 8, 2020

If You Want to Know What Works for Students With Dyslexia, Ask Them

Imagine you are a mature, intelligent middle-school student who finds it difficult to write anything—numbers or letters—on paper in a way that makes sense. You…

By Anne Coleman, LauraMarie Coleman

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Posted Apr. 6, 2020

My Kids Are Online All the Time Now And I Don’t Always Know What They’re Looking At

OK, I have a confession to make. I have not been as good at monitoring my children’s internet access as I should have been. If…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
African Girl reading text book

If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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