Social-Emotional Learning

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. 4, 2022

Equitable Learning Recovery Must Be Grounded in Solid Research

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with political and social unrest, has deeply disrupted the lives and learning experiences of most students. It has created an urgent…

By Beth Tarasawa

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Posted Dec. 16, 2021

Teachers Can Choose to Bring Back Joy in the Classroom

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” —Mark Twain There is no question that the experiences children…

By Jessica Saum

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Posted Dec. 14, 2021

The School Year Hasn’t Been Easy, But My Students Have Pushed Through at Every Turn

When I gathered with my fellow teachers at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School K-6 before the start of the school year, it was with a…

By Faith Martin

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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. 17, 2021

Schools Now Have Tons of Money. What Are They Doing With It?

I live in Lawrence, New Jersey—a middle-class, diverse town, halfway between Princeton and Trenton. For years I was on the school board and was very…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 12, 2021

Here’s How My Middle School Kept Kids From Failing During Pandemic Isolation

As the horrors of World War II were drawing to a close, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously advised: “never let a good crisis go…

By Michael Gaskell

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Posted Oct. 27, 2021

After the Last Year and a Half, We Must Never Forget How Resilient Students Are

Kids today are too fragile. We’re raising a generation of snowflakes! It’s a universal truth: As long as there are young people, there will be older…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Chicago Isn’t the Only City Putting Politics Over Kids

The politics of education are broken and we are seeing the effects of it play out in real-time.  In Chicago, a stalemate over remote learning…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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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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