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Posted Jan. 4, 2022

2022 Could Be the Year We Finally Meld Phonics with Language-Rich Communities

In this new year, elementary literacy will see two trends continue. One is improving foundational skills instruction, with phonics being the headliner. The other is…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

10 States to Watch for Educational Gag Orders in 2022

Last year, the obscure legal term “critical race theory” exploded into public consciousness, just months after conservative activist Christopher Rufo and Donald Trump began using…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

Let 2022 Be the Year We Go All In on Anti-Racist Education

As a new year begins, racism and hate are very much prevalent within our school communities and our society as a whole. Yet, we still…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Dec. 14, 2021

I Am a Black Teacher and I Wear Ralph Lauren. Does That Make Me a Gang Member?

As a teacher, I am always professional with my students. When it comes to how I dress, however, my professional self and my casual self…

By Iesha Green

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Posted Nov. 29, 2021

BIPOC Students Deserve To See More Than White Protagonists in Children’s Books

The great American educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, once said, “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” As we mark National Family Literacy…

By Naila Bolus

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

There’s a Kyle Rittenhouse in Your School, Too

During my first week of teaching science at my former middle school on the Oregon coast, I noticed a student happily decorating his science notebook.…

By Lynette Harthold

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Current Events Put Racism on Display, No Matter How Hard Some Try to Hide It

In the words of Mugatu, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Defense lawyers in the trial seeking justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 22, 2021

Watch What Happens When We Unleash Parent Power

By the age of 11, I knew how to set up the electricity for my house, enroll my siblings in school and lie to keep…

By Daiana Lambrecht

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Posted Nov. 18, 2021

Education Organizations Remain Grossly Underrepresentative of a Growing Latinx Population

My community—the Latinx community—is the fastest-growing population in the U.S, accounting for 52% of growth in the last decade. Latinx students currently represent nearly one…

By Xiomara Padamsee

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Posted Nov. 3, 2021

I’m Afraid of How Many Black Students Have Been Convinced They Are Stupid by Educators Who Lack Equity Training

On the last day of third grade, all my classmates and I huddled onto a carpet much too small for children of our size, waiting…

By Balqies Mohamed

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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. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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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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