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Posted Nov. 22, 2017

Achievement Gaps Are Just the Symptom. Opportunity Gaps Are the Real Problem.

We hear a lot of talk about achievement gaps these days, and rightfully so. America has only grown more diverse, but the gaps have barely…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

It’s Not Enough to Know the Content, Teachers Also Need to Know the Context of Their Students’ Lives

The debate about how to best prepare K-12 teachers in the U.S. over the last 50 years has largely centered on whether theory- or practice-based…

By Jeanette Bartley, Bill Kennedy

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Once You’ve Got a Seat at the Table, You Need to Have the Tough Conversations

During my time in school, I only had two Black teachers and they were both female, one in the fifth grade and the other in…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

Everything That’s Right and Wrong About Education Reform, I Learned at My 25th Corliss High School Reunion

At my 25th high school reunion dinner recently, I found myself upset. I had a major conflict of interest, where my loyalties were challenged and…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 15, 2017

We Can’t Be Teachers by Day and Oppress Our Students of Color by Night

A few summers back, I was at a wedding reception, exchanging the customary pleasantries one does when seated next to people one has only just…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

It’s Not Just Hollywood, It’s Time to Sound the Alarm on Sexual Harassment in Our Schools

This is a guest post submitted by an author who prefers to remain anonymous due to the nature of the content. In the wake of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Why the ‘Ed’ and the ‘Tech’ Are Sometimes At Odds in the ‘Ed Tech’ Conversation, and Which One Should Win

One way to know if you really understand something is to try to teach it. Or blog about it. As a non-techie type of educator,…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Nov. 9, 2017

It’s Not Enough to Denounce Racism, We Have to Own Our Part in It

I often think about the 16-year-old Black girl who took my honors English class a few years ago. She was the only person of color…

By Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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