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Posted July 26, 2021

We All Hate Professional Development, But Some of Y’all Need It

Teachers enjoy the summer break, too. However, depending on when school gets out, summer vacation may be winding down already. If that is the case…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted July 12, 2021

You Don’t Have to Be a Critical Race Scholar to Apply a Critical Race Lens to Your Practice

In education, we have a tendency to overcomplicate things by getting caught up with sophisticated academic jargon for things that, I believe, are common sense. …

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 1, 2021

We Owe It to Our Students to Do Some Racial Justice Homework This Summer

This has been the longest year of my teaching career. Not literally, of course. Like many of you, I’ve worked about 200 days since last…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted June 24, 2021

4 Ways Parents Can Combat Learning Loss and the Summer Slide

It is summertime! While typically summer vacation serves as the signal for a prolonged break from academic work, parents should consider doing things a little…

By Andrew Pillow

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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 Sep. 15, 2020

Here’s How We Helped Hundreds of Low-Income Students Achieve This Summer, Despite the Pandemic

This spring, as schools limped across the virtual learning finish line, the consensus on virtual learning amongst educators was that this form of schooling could…

By Nate Pietrini

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Posted Aug. 15, 2019

Don’t Forget, Not Every Student Had Opportunities for Enrichment This Summer

This summer, my students and I learned that blue crabs are really feisty, but mosquitos are even feistier.  For two weeks in June, I chaperoned…

By Josh Brown

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Posted July 9, 2019

Six Ways Parents Can Help Kids Learn Over the Summer Break

Summer is not just a two-month countdown to sending the kids back to school. You only get 18 summers total with your “babies,” and half…

By Melissa Bagneris

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Posted July 1, 2019
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Six Things Every Teacher Should Make Time for This Summer

Summer has begun and another academic year has officially ended…or as we exhausted educators like to say, “Tag parents! You’re it!” Truth be told, May…

By Melissa Bagneris

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Posted June 11, 2019
Young black girl reading book sitting on mum's knee outdoors

How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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