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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

I’m Sick of Being a Token, It’s Time for Some Real Student Voice

With the surge of student activism after the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting, such as student walkouts, students have entered a critical moment: Are decision-makers finally…

By David Goncharuk

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

My Students Are Asking for a Lot More Than Just Lockdown Drills

Seventeen years ago, I was a first-year teacher working alone in my classroom when a police officer came to my door. He told me to…

By Talya Edlund

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016

These Are the New York City High School Students That Helped Passed a Resolution on Climate Change

As a climate science advocate, I am always surprised to meet individuals who can’t explain the difference between weather and climate. There is a clear knowledge…

By Charles Orgbon III

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Posted July 19, 2016

Want to Help Oregon’s Dismal Graduation Rate? Check Out These Superstar Schools

The latest stats on Oregon’s performance in education are disheartening at best. When it comes to graduation rates, we’re performing worse than 46 other states.…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted May 16, 2016

Helping English-Language Learners Avoid the Summer Slide

Growing up in Denver, my mother made me attend a summer reading program at a public library every year. And every year I endured being…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

This District Has Figured Out How to Help English-Language Learners

Oregon doesn’t often come to mind when the education world talks about equity challenges; it’s usually overshadowed by bustling California and Washington state. But failing…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted Feb. 10, 2016

What Choice Do Portland Parents Have When There Is No Choice?

In all my years of advocacy and community engagement, nothing gets parents as fired up as deciding where their kids will attend school. During School…

By Iris Maria Chávez

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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