School Culture

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 June 13, 2019
Three teenagers talking outside of a building.

Fixing School Discipline Policies Requires Listening and Looking at the Data

Research tells us that despite past efforts of educators and education advocates, Black and Latinx students are still consistently suspended at disproportionate rates. As districts…

By Michael F. Lewis, Ph.D.

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Here’s How We’re Making Halloween Work for All Our Students

There is a schism in U.S. education. I’m not talking about Common Core or the latest state tests. I’m talking about Halloween. Halloween. The word…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

If School Rules Aren’t Building a Sense of Community, Let’s Be Brave Enough to Rewrite Them

When I was in elementary school, my parents told me that when I had to go to the bathroom, I should ask my teacher for…

By Afrika Afeni Mills

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Posted Oct. 11, 2018

‘Sesame Street’ Just Missed a Big Opportunity to Support the LGBT+ Community

Recently, a whirlwind of controversy swirled around speculation that childhood favorites Bert and Ernie, of “Sesame Street,” might be partners—yes, a gay couple. In an…

By Araya Baker

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Posted Aug. 6, 2018

It Won’t Always Be the Right Call But Sometimes Suspension Isn’t the Answer

Her name is Alexandra. She was a student in a school where I used to work and she was one of those kids who challenges…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted May 15, 2018

Depression Is Real and It’s Impacting Students and Teachers

“If you had a superpower, what would it be?” I was asked this recently, as we opened up a school staff meeting on how to…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

Want to Fix the Achievement Gap? Reconsider How You Teach.

There seems to be a sentiment amongst some educators that culturally responsive education is merely an optional “best practice.” Well, of course, any trainings or…

By Daryl Howard

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches, visitors from educational non-profit organizations,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 18, 2019

If You’re Still Wondering What Equity Means for Our Students, These 10 Edu-Tweeters Will Expand Your Thinking

My professional life changed the day I discovered the power of a well-considered Twitter feed. No longer stuck in the bubble of my school or…

By Michelle Cottrell-Williams

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Posted July 22, 2019

I Asked Teachers for Their Strangest Summer Jobs and This Is What They Said

In my ideal world, summer would be a time for educators to relax and catch up with family and friends and culture, but that’s not…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 19, 2019

We Don’t Need More Black or Brown Faces Who Don’t Represent Our Voices, Especially in Education

Congresswoman Ayana Pressley said, “We don’t need any more Brown faces that don’t want to be a Brown voice” in regards to representation on issues…

By Tanesha Peeples

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