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Posted June 21, 2021

Great Principals Are Strong Instructional Leaders First

School principals must feel a lot like circus performers. Just as a performer is expected to juggle multiple balls, bowling pins, or torches while dangling…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted June 16, 2021

When We Talk to Our Students, Let’s Focus Less on ‘Learning Loss’ and More on Their Learning Leaps

In the winter and spring of 2021, as the year of remote and hybrid learning continued, I started to notice a drop in attendance, particularly…

By Krista Wilson

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Posted June 2, 2021

Here’s How We’re Helping New Orleans Kids Return to School Stronger Than Ever

This year, for many children, school was a respite. They could see their friends, whether virtually or in person with precautions. They could ask questions…

By Patrick Dobard

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Posted May 12, 2021

COVID-19 Impacts Graduating Seniors’ Postsecondary Choices. Here’s How We Can Help.

Once a happy inflection point for many young people, high school graduation—and what comes next—is now chaotic. COVID-19 has dramatically raised the barriers to accessing…

By Lina Bankert

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Posted Apr. 28, 2021

Children of Military Families Face Challenges Not Always Evident in School

As an educator, I work in a Purple Heart school serving a high number of students from military families, most of whom are connected by…

By Jessica Saum

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Posted Mar. 29, 2021

Parent Partnerships Are Key to Student Success

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings recently released survey results about parents’ beliefs and goals for their children’s education. Almost 25,000 parents across ten…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Mar. 19, 2021

Teachers Legally Hitting Students as a Disciplinary Measure Has to Stop

Here’s a familiar scene: You are attending a professional workshop about America’s school-to-prison pipeline. The gray-suited speaker concludes his presentation to thunderous applause, and yet,…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 9, 2021

What AP Classes Can Teach Us About Building Stronger Curriculum for All Students

When millions of parents became de facto teachers during COVID-19, they saw firsthand a deep-seeded, widespread problem in American education: lackluster content and curricula that…

By Alex Spurrier

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Posted Dec. 29, 2020

We Must Be Disciples for Our Students in 2021

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators nationwide, and the world over, have had to adapt how they provide services to children and families.…

By Rann Miller

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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