Professional Development

Posted Apr. 29, 2020

52 School Board Leaders Demand That We Invest in Students Just Like We Invest in the Economy

We are a collective of diverse school board members who represent over 2 million students. In order to meet the needs of our children throughout…

By School Board Leaders

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Posted Apr. 16, 2020

Yes, Schools Can ‘Build Back Better’ From COVID-19, and Here’s How

Since the United Nations’ 2006 post-tsunami report, Key Propositions for Building Back Better, the phrase Build Back Better has become the mantra of post-disaster reconstruction.…

By Caprice Young

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Posted Mar. 10, 2020

My School Let Me Work a Four-Day Week. It Changed Everything.

Last spring, as a teacher at Alma del Mar Charter Public School in New Bedford, Massachusetts, I got to participate in the pilot of something…

By Jessica Summers

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Posted Mar. 6, 2020

Here’s One Way to Talk With Teachers About Race in Schools

I’m five hours into facilitating a professional development on race for a group of teachers.  Overall, the morning was positive: everyone has remained engaged in…

By Andrew Knips

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Posted Mar. 2, 2020

It Was the Worst Moment of My Teaching Career, And I Was the Problem

One of the best teachers I have ever known has a tattoo on the inside of her wrist of the snake from “The Little Prince.”…

By Derek Davidson

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Posted Jan. 9, 2020

We All Carry Implicit Biases. Christopher House Is Learning to See and Change Them.

Research shows that, as early as preschool,  racial bias affects student learning. From a young age, we adults are treating children differently based on their…

By Karen Ross-Williams

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Posted Nov. 20, 2019

Some Charter Schools Are Showing Us How to Teach Black Students, But We’re Ignoring Them

For educators, equity has become an industry. They are offered tons of data, research and training on how to build equity in district-run schools. But…

By Christina Laster

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Posted Oct. 21, 2019

My Child Was a Victim of Restorative Justice. But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way.

In 2015, I started a three-year journey to acquire my doctorate in educational leadership. On top of going back to graduate school, I was a…

By Julia Carlson

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

Your Voice Matters. Your Students Need You. Speak Up.

I had a classroom with three walls when I first started teaching. A bookshelf separated my classroom from the neighboring one. My students ranged from…

By Sheri Rodman

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Posted July 9, 2019
African American mother in park with her daughter.

Here’s What I Wish White Teachers Knew When Teaching My Black Children

Dear White Teachers of My Black Children: I am a Black mom and I have two children who are now in high school. Raising them…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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