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Posted Oct. 12, 2021

Q&A With Paige Kowalski: Getting Transparent About Student Data

Student data. Standardized testing. Accountability. These words set off a lot of big feelings among parents, educators and policymakers — especially fear and anger. Controversies…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 25, 2021

Education Needs a Bigger Tent, Not a Bigot Tent

In the past several years, right-leaning education reformers have been contemptuous of—and frustrated by—progressives who brought a justice orientation into the movement.  Back in 2015,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Mar. 23, 2021

Want to Build Anti-Racist Schools? Start With the Adults.

The past year has put an intense spotlight on the racism and inequities that plague American schools. It has also inspired leaders and educators to…

By Saffiyah Madraswala, Chrissy Gratz, Katie Buckley

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Posted Feb. 5, 2021

We Need to Keep Talking About HIV With Our Students

As a kid born in the 70s and raised primarily in Arkansas, I was a skeptic for the first seventeen years of my life. Growing…

By Tim’m West

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Posted Dec. 14, 2020

Here’s Why ‘No Politics in the Classroom’ Isn’t Working for Marginalized Students

Which of the following is too political to be displayed in a public school teacher’s classroom? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all…

By Colin Seale

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Posted Sep. 30, 2020

If We Don’t Do Something Radical Now We Will Fail Our Kids

This has not been the “back to school” we look forward to each year. In these early days of the new school year, it has…

By Elisa Villanueva Beard

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

No, But Seriously, How Are the Children?

Last week I made what I thought was a simple request: for all of us to prioritize the question “how are the children?” as if…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted June 27, 2019

Without Teach For America, I Wouldn’t Be Teaching in the Same Latinx Community Where I Grew Up

I have vivid memories of teachers joining my school communities and then saying goodbye to them only a few years later. As a young girl,…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

We Can Make the First Year of Teaching Better. Here’s How.

When Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008, I was living in Chicago and working as a computer security engineer. After hearing Obama’s passionate…

By Raymond Steinmetz

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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. 26, 2022

Missouri Just Gave Me Back My Power to Choose the Best School for My Children

As a single mother of four—three of them in school, and one in college—I’ve had to face my share of struggles. But some of the…

By Latasha Buchanan

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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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