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Posted Feb. 26, 2018

What We Really Need to Know to Make Sure Pre-K Teachers Get the Skills They Need

Debate rages on about whether or not pre-K teachers need a bachelor’s degree. Proponents argue that degrees will lead to greater respect and compensation for…

By Marnie Kaplan

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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

When We Didn’t Find the Right Public School on Chicago’s South Side, We Chose Private Instead

As first-time parents, my husband and I were tasked with the difficult decision on where to send our son, Kamren, to school for pre-K. Sadly, we…

By Regi Brown, Keishawnda Brown

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Posted May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to the Mamas Who Spend Years Fighting for Good Schools

I began my journey as a mother in November of 2013, seeing only the brightest future for my son. We slept the night that he…

By Dominicca Washington

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Posted Feb. 6, 2017

We Can’t Ignore the Mental Health of Our Students If We Want Them to Be Successful

“Education is the key to success.” It’s a phrase we hear time and time again, repeated ad nauseam by educators, leaders and parents. From the…

By Joe Smith

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017

Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support

The buzz is building around a new radio documentary for our local NPR station in Chicago. The View from Room 205, produced by Linda Lutton for…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 28, 2016

Supporting Teachers in Pre-K Classrooms Can Pave the Way for Brighter Futures

I’ve seen the rapid growth of early childhood education in my professional life, both in my previous career as an educator in New York City…

By Carole Friedman

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Posted Mar. 23, 2016

Want to Close the Achievement Gap? Let’s Look at High-Quality Preschool

During the 2016 presidential election cycle, inequality—both racial and economic—has been a hot topic for both parties. As candidates debate the factors that lead to…

By Ali Lewis

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Posted Nov. 17, 2015

Don’t Forget The Main Reason For Supporting Pre-K: It’s Good For Kids

Sara Mead, Bellwether Education Partner's expert on early childhood education policy, reminds us about the benefits of pre-k programs that go beyond future savings. For Sara, it's not that pre-k won't pay for itself in the long-run - it likely will. Rather, it's that there are other benefits we shouldn't overlook: I’m concerned, however, that arguments that “pre-k pays for itself” send a troubling message that pre-k merits public…

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Posted Sep. 18, 2020

Black Excellence Does Exist and It Lives in Our Kids

I’m guilty of saying Black boys and girls are failing in school—a good chunk of us are. Going forward, I’m committing to correcting that language…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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