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Posted Dec. 8, 2021

We Send Our Kids to School Knowing There’s a Chance They’ll Be Murdered in Their Classrooms

I was lying on the floor in the hallway scrolling through my phone waiting for my youngest child to fall asleep when I saw that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 8, 2021

Why the Oxford Shooter’s Plea for Help Went Unanswered

As more information on the events leading up to the Oxford school shooting came to light, journalists and the prosecutor in the case began publicly…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

There’s a Kyle Rittenhouse in Your School, Too

During my first week of teaching science at my former middle school on the Oregon coast, I noticed a student happily decorating his science notebook.…

By Lynette Harthold

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Posted Nov. 16, 2021

Here’s How Mask Mandates Can Violate the Civil Rights of Students With Disabilities

This fall most parents celebrated the return to in-person instruction after witnessing their children struggle with remote learning. For parents of many students with disabilities,…

By Wendy Tucker

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Posted Oct. 29, 2021

Here’s How Parents and Teachers Can Help in the Battle Against Bullying

Mean girls.  These two words perfectly described my fourth period speech class. The class culture I had worked so hard to create was crushed overnight…

By Pamela Roggeman

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Oct. 4, 2021

The System Failed Me

I was always a good student — I did very well academically. Every nine weeks, we had these standardized tests for the state. I would…

By Brandon L. Brown Jr.

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Posted Sep. 2, 2021

When We Talk Masks and Vaccines, Let’s Stop Talking Politics and Focus on Health and Safety

Some folx want to make getting vaccinated and wearing masks into a political issue  —  we’re seeing that all over — but it really isn’t…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Apr. 27, 2021

A Teacher’s Power to Stop Violence Is Rooted in Relationships

During my 15 years of teaching, I have broken up many fights. I have been hit in the ear so hard that it rang me…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Apr. 26, 2021

Cops Can Learn Something From Quality Teachers About Building Relationships and De-Escalating Violence

I’m not a cop, have never been a cop, don’t have a family member who’s a cop, and have no interest in becoming a cop.…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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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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