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Posted Feb. 8, 2019

How Our Rural School Is Closing the Opportunity Gap and Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers

Teacher shortages in Wisconsin, and across the country, have a stranglehold on the profession. Enrollment in educator prep programs in Wisconsin is down 30 percent.…

By Leah Luke

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

If You’re a Politician and Don’t Have Education at the Forefront, Then You’re Part of the Problem

I recently had the opportunity to join with a few educators in a meeting with a prominent political official in my state to discuss teacher…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Sep. 7, 2018

Some Thoughts From a Teacher on What People Think About Teachers

Education Next’s recent poll offers a fascinating peek into what Americans think about a wide array of educational issues—teacher pay, school spending, immigration and school…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Don’t Think We Need DACA? My Students Prove You Wrong

I teach in rural Central Illinois, and my high school, PORTA, is predominantly White, like most of the small schools in my area. However, I…

By Pat Marshall

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Posted Dec. 20, 2017

Teacher Shortages Demand More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Not Less

In the face of growing teacher shortages—especially in math and science—states are increasingly seeking shortcuts and workarounds, from emergency certification to abbreviated preparation, to get…

By Stephanie J. Hull

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

7 Things I Think Every Principal Should Know

Education is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you and is the key to success. This is my 12th year as a…

By Shanessa Fenner

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Posted June 6, 2017

He’s One of the Finest Educators I’ve Ever Seen in the Classroom and He’s Leaving

A few weeks ago, I received some of the hardest professional news I have ever received in my 12-year teaching career. I have been away…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Apr. 11, 2017

A Lack of Funding at This Rural School Is Leaving English Learners Lost in Translation

When junior high students move to Beardstown, Illinois from places such as the Congo, they need basic “survival skills” as part of the adjustment to…

By Bob Dolgan

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Teachers Need to Have a Say in Their Own Professional Development

Amid a lot of talk of the reformists versus the traditionalists, not enough concern is paid to the biggest problem in public education today: In…

By Cristina de Jesus

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

Here’s One Thing We Can Do to Retain Teachers of Color

As a third-year teacher in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), I’ve already thought about leaving the profession. Since middle school, I always wanted to be a…

By Aaron Talley

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Posted Apr. 18, 2019

I Survived Columbine. Here Is What Got Me Through the Healing Process.

I didn’t want to go to school that day. Actually, I just didn’t want to go to math class. We had a test and I…

By Liz Lancaster

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

20 Years After Columbine, I Still Have to Worry About My Students’ Safety

Before I left school yesterday, I looked at my classroom. Not to check and make sure the floor was clean, or to look for coats…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Apr. 12, 2019

How Educators Can Keep Their Kids Stress-Free and Learning

Trauma is a silent, but very prevalent problem in the classrooms of today. In fact, recent reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

By Jori Hamilton

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