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Posted Nov. 12, 2021

Here’s How My Middle School Kept Kids From Failing During Pandemic Isolation

As the horrors of World War II were drawing to a close, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously advised: “never let a good crisis go…

By Michael Gaskell

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

In These Uncertain Times, Schools Must Focus on Mental Health First

After 20 months of the pandemic, students are burnt out. The result is increasing mental health struggles among many, which has schools around the country…

By Catherine Burns

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Posted Aug. 23, 2021

Black Boys and Men Need More Appreciation and Less Stereotyping

For those of us who’ve been educators for decades, social media can reveal the reverberating impact of our efforts, and sometimes the work that remains…

By Eugene Pinkard

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Posted Apr. 14, 2020

Love in a Time of Distance Learning

As an inexperienced special education teacher, I vividly recall hearing the shouting nearby. I raced down the hall, fearful of an incident brewing. Standing there was…

By Michael Gaskell

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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 Mar. 6, 2019

Detroit Charter Leader Chanavia Patterson Knew Her School Had Improved When She Was Ready to Enroll Her Own Kids

Chanavia Patterson always knew she would become a teacher, but she didn’t know she would become an outstanding mentor, coach and principal. In 2013, she…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 19, 2018

Three Things I Learned in My First Year as a Principal and a New Year’s Resolution

If you ask an educator to think back to their first year of teaching, you will probably get a wide range of reactions, but the…

By Jessica Yiannos

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Posted Nov. 26, 2018

Being a School Principal and a Parent of a Special Needs Child Took Me Under, But I’m Coming Back

For five years, I was principal of one of the most difficult schools in my urban district. In those five years, I had eight supervisors.…

By Lynnea C. Cornish

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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 Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 26, 2022

Missouri Just Gave Me Back My Power to Choose the Best School for My Children

As a single mother of four—three of them in school, and one in college—I’ve had to face my share of struggles. But some of the…

By Latasha Buchanan

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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