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Posted Aug. 4, 2020

Some Kids Need a Brick and Mortar School. I Know Because I Was One of Them.

The most terrifying and dangerous experiences I had as a child were at home. I am not alone. My mother battled demons and heard voices,…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Aug. 4, 2020

Districts Should Partner With Experienced Online Learning Providers and Save Us From a Train Wreck of a School Year

Last March, when so much of our lives moved from in-person work and learning to digital spaces, one group of students and teachers experienced continuity:…

By Tillie Elvrum

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Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Today Should Have Been Our First Day of School

For 14 years I have taught math at the same high school. The entirety of my career—three thousand students, eighty classes, 13 preps, five rooms,…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted July 29, 2020

Faced With a Global Pandemic, My Students Have Grown in New Ways

As school wrapped up this last year, several of my students joined my online “office hours” not seeking out help with the content, but instead…

By Terry Hussey

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Posted July 15, 2020

NYC Schools, Now’s the Time to Show Your Support for Immigrant Students and Families

This school year was challenging for all of us, including our immigrant students and families. As New York City became the national epicenter of COVID-19…

By Vanessa Luna, Marleny De la Cruz

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Posted July 14, 2020

We Cannot Allow Reopening Schools to Be a Political Issue

After four years of being a largely forgotten policy area, PK-12 education suddenly became a national priority last week. Under ordinary circumstances, this should be…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted July 13, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Respond to the Challenges Ahead and Open Stronger

There is no doubt educators are exhausted from a trial-by-fire school year. As a virulent pathogen spread, we were forced to abandon brick and mortar…

By Jen Murtha, Lynette Guastaferro

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Posted July 13, 2020

Pandemic or Not, Students Need Great Content Paired With Strong Teaching

When teachers welcomed their students on the first day of school last September, they never imagined ending the year on Zoom. Now, as the new…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted July 9, 2020

Let’s Focus on Our Students’ Health and Humanity, Not on ‘Getting Back to Normal’

I almost forgot we were stuck at home. My daughter’s pre-K class was on a field trip to the zoo through a Zoom meeting and…

By Jessica N. Ewalt, Matthew J. Moulton, Jesús A. Tirado

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 16, 2020

How to Raise Children Who Celebrate Diversity

Nearly a century ago, Father Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, said, It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much…

By Bridget Barnes

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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