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Posted June 14, 2019

To Struggling Readers, High School Graduate and Aspiring Literacy Teacher Daniella Martinez Says, ‘Sí Se Puede!’

Every time I talk with my mom about what I want to be when I grow up, she cries. Not out of fear or sadness,…

By Daniella Martinez

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Posted Jan. 23, 2019

Before a Child Can Learn They Need to Feel Safe and Cared For

The life of a high-powered literary agent in New York City seems about the farthest thing from my life as a teacher serving largely low-income…

By Emma Volpe

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Teaching Is Not Like Those Cute Teacher Movies, It Takes Wisdom and Grit

Can I really do this for 30 years? Why isn’t loving them enough? It always worked at camp. My lessons are awesome, so why don’t…

By Sara Amick

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Posted June 23, 2017

I Never Thought I’d Be Legally Allowed to Stay in This Country. Now I’m a Teacher.

I never thought I’d get here. I never thought I’d be legally allowed to stay in this country, be a college graduate or be a…

By Angelica Del Rio

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 2, 2017

These Students Had 7 Days, a Sheet of Paper and a Name. The Goal? Watch Gratitude Spread.

Every language in the world has a way of saying “thank you.” Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides deep within each one of us.…

By Tatum Schultz

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Posted Aug. 31, 2016

The Conversation We Need on Race Happens in Classrooms Everyday

Every August, I visit all of our schools across the country to meet with our teams, listen to their vision for the year ahead, and…

By Preston Smith

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Posted July 21, 2016

All Over the Cap: The Fight for the Future of Massachusetts’ Charter Schools

In early October technicians working the master controls at local TV stations across Massachusetts will unleash a torrent of education issue ads—the first shots fired…

By Richard Whitmire

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 24, 2016

A School Where Parents Get a Say in Teacher Hiring

Sarah Tully at EdWeek highlights a unique way that Rocketship Charter Schools show how much they value parent input; they include parents in the process of hiring teachers. Based on what school leaders and parents say, it seems to be an idea that works. "Their input matters," Smith said. "I can't recall a time where the parents and I or the school leaders were in…

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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