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Posted Dec. 9, 2019

Want More Student Activism? Be Ready to Listen.

The weeks preceding the holidays are busy for any school principal. There are evaluations to be completed and parent events that require attention. Yet, in…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted June 27, 2019

When This Chicago School Was on the Verge of Closure, A Visionary Principal Built the Team That Turned It Around

Back in 2013, when Principal Aaron Rucker first came to Auburn Gresham’s Ryder Elementary, he said someone in the central office warned him: “You’re being…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 2, 2019

Every New Year Black Families Await the Promise of Better Schools

Almost every December 31, at 7:00 p.m., my family joins the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (ATAC) to honor our ancestors who awaited in breathtaking suspense…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 31, 2018

20 Years Ago I Started at Noble Charter Schools as a Student. Now I’m a Principal.

As the Noble Network of Charter Schools celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, I’m looking forward and back. Back, because I was a member of…

By Brenda Cora

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Posted June 29, 2018

13 Years After Hurricane Katrina, My School Is Returning to Local Control

On July 1, the Recovery School District (RSD) will return control of our schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSD). The shift back is…

By Sharon Clark

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 9, 2018

If You’re an Educator Who Thinks We Need to Hold Parents Accountable, You Need to Do Some Soul Searching

Time and time again, I’ve heard educators say that the lack of parental engagement in their schools is what is holding them back. But, when…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Apr. 3, 2018

No Heat, No Food, No Books? We Still Have to Teach

Recently, my grandmother reminded me that we have too many luxuries in schools. Though we consider these necessities today for elders like my grandmother, heat,…

By Lynnea C. Cornish

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

He Was the People’s Principal

It’s 7:15 a.m. and it’s raining. The weather doesn’t matter however, because he is standing outside every day…rain, sleet, or snow, like the postman…greeting students…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

Being an Assistant Principal Has Taught Me a Lot About Leadership

I have crossed over to the “dark side.” I am now an assistant principal. Although I transitioned from a teacher leader to an assistant principal…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Feb. 25, 2020

Now That Trump Is Abandoning Charter Schools, Democrats Are Free to Champion a Truly Progressive Education Platform

I could be Bernie Sanders’ daughter. After all, my parents were much like him, children of Eastern European Jewish immigrants who settled in New York…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Feb. 24, 2020

Here’s What I Told My Students After ‘Karen From Mike Bloomberg’s Campaign’ Texted Me

Last week, I received a text from “Karen from Mike Bloomberg’s campaign.” She wrote that “with so much at stake, Americans deserve a Democratic candidate…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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