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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

Homeschooling Isn’t the Right Choice for Every Child, But My Mom Knew It Was Right for Me

Back around 350 BC, Aristotle described education as “an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” Clearly, education has been valued and prioritized for…

By Thessa Bennett

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Posted June 14, 2019

Teachers Can’t Take Care of Their Students If They Don’t Take Care of Themselves First

I remember vividly the first time I put my head on my desk and cried during my lunch period. The bell to end the fourth…

By Toni Poling

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Posted Aug. 8, 2018

This School Year Let’s Treat Our Teachers Like Celebrities

My father was a high school teacher for 30 years. My earliest memories are of him returning home in the evening after a long day…

By Ryan E. Hill

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Posted Apr. 27, 2018

These Teachers of the Year Stand Up in Support of Teachers Fighting for a Living Wage

A tide is sweeping across the nation. We are witnessing a new wave of teacher activism unfolding, state by state. West Virginia teachers were the…

By 2017 State Teachers of the Year

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Posted Jan. 26, 2016

These Numbers Are Sobering, But They Make the Case for High Standards

Success stories often make for good newspaper articles, and the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta has recently received national attention for its transformative culture of…

By Perpetual Baffour

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Posted Nov. 13, 2015

Increasing Access to Higher Education: What Tennessee Can Learn From West Virginia

Tennessee recently opened the door to higher education for many high-school students by way of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program. This initiative is part of…

By Charles Corra

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Posted Nov. 6, 2015

9 Ways the Wall Street Journal Got It Wrong on Common Core

This week the Wall Street Journal published an extensive front page story that, at best, misrepresented the persistence of the Common Core, and at worst,…

By Karen Nussle

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Posted Oct. 13, 2015

The Coal Miners’ Kids Need Options, Too

Just south of Charleston, tucked in the valleys of Appalachia, rests Welch, West Virginia, a once prosperous and thriving coal town often referred to as…

By Tiphani Davis

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Posted Aug. 20, 2015

West Virginia, We Have a Problem: Teaching 21st-Century Skills in a 20th-Century Classroom

As an educator, one of the worst feelings in the world is when you open your laptop only to find that your carefully designed lesson…

By Tiphani Davis

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Posted Jan. 26, 2015

Teacher: Common Core Must Be Given Time to Develop

Barbara Zingg is a teacher at Washington High School in Charles Town, West Virginia. She primarily teaches math, but has also taught theater, classic film…

By Barbara B. Zingg

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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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