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Posted Nov. 1, 2019

Here’s What Students Stand to Gain From the Chicago Teachers Strike

On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) House of Delegates approved a tentative agreement in a tight vote. The CTU deal includes good pay and holds the line…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 14, 2018

My School Knew I’d Graduate College Before I Even Thought About Going

I began attending Boston Prep back in 2005 as a sixth-grader. I vividly remember walking into class. I noticed there was a sign that said…

By Sasha Barthelemy

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term.…

By Tynisha Jointer

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Posted Nov. 28, 2017

After One Night on the Street, I’m Thinking About All the Young People Who Are Homeless Every Night

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I watched a segment on Chicago’s WGN Morning News where two youth told their stories about homelessness. Something changed inside me,…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

I Got to Be a Fly on the Wall in a Room Full of Teachers

On a recent afternoon, I spent two hours listening to eight public school teachers talk about their work. All but one of them teaches in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 28, 2017

It Doesn’t Take Millions to Support Students’ Mental Health

Brand-new charter school Washington Leadership Academy (WLA) has already drawn national attention for its commitment to incorporating the latest in tech, including virtual reality, into…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: John Gomperts on Removing Barriers to Student Success and Recommitting to Kids

Do you drink coffee or tea and how do you take it? I drink super-strong decaf with a little bit of half and half. You…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

I’ve Got an Idea for How We Can Spend Chance The Rapper’s $1 Million

Chance The Rapper announced that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The announcement is big news, and hopefully will…

By Jennifer Hartmann

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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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. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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