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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 Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Saving Our Children from Violence When Schools Are the Abusers

Each of us has been that lone, righteous educator at the dinner party—that overzealous, overtired reality-checker among adults whose jobs don’t include ensuring the emotional…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Jan. 25, 2021

Are We Going to Let ‘Nice White Parents’ Kill Black and Brown Families?

A new COVID-19 strain is more contagious than ever. The Trump administration’s sheer neglect in the face of this deadly pandemic is enraging. Federal inaction…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Dec. 11, 2020

Let’s Be Honest, Schools Are Not About Education

Nine months of pandemic learning have made clear what some of us already knew, and what many are afraid to admit: Schools are not about…

By Elizabeth Lund

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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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 July 22, 2020

Educators Know the Challenges We Face Reopening Schools, So Listen to Them

I feel the need to admit that I am penning this piece after a heated phone call with a friend who is a teacher leader.…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 16, 2021

It’s Time to Dump Deficit-Based Data

As the school year begins, we hear lots of deficit-laden words like “Title I,” “tough,” “low-income,” and “low-achieving” to describe primarily Black and brown students…

By Doron Zinger

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