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Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day.  This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year.  This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

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Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

by Tracy Dell’Angela SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore these three facts. The test is easier than it was a year ago. The achievement gap between students of different races and parental education levels is just as… Continue reading Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

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An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

Dear Matt Damon – You don’t know me, although we do have some mutual acquaintances. Those would be families whose children attend(ed) a New York City private school alongside your daughters. I, in fact, am the person who helped them with the application process for those schools. Because that’s what I do, Matt Damon. I help… Continue reading An Open Letter To Matt Damon Who Only Wants School Choice For His Kids – Not Yours

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Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

By David McGuire Imagine if school was centered and designed around the needs of all students? It is a fairly simple question that seems to have a very simple answer; the answer is personalized learning. What is personalized learning? The beauty is there is not a concrete definition. Personalized learning will look different in every… Continue reading Guest Post: Boys of Color Need Personalized Learning

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Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?

By Tracy Dell’Angella We’ve known this for a while, but here’s another survey to add fuel to the fire: Parents tend to inflate their kids’ academic progress and deflate their kids’ emotional resilience. In a nutshell, they don’t worry enough about the fact that schools are increasingly unable to prepare students with the skills they… Continue reading Guest Post: Parents, Why Are We Doing This?

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How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

By Peter Cunningham On August 1, Celine Coggins, a former classroom teacher who founded an organization called Teach Plus, will publish a new book about the importance of engaging teachers in policy development. It’s called “How to Be Heard.” I have just begun reading it, and I am hopeful it will drive dialogue about the… Continue reading How About Pro-Teacher Teachers’ Unions?

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Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

By Jason Allen Don’t get me wrong, as a member of the NAACP, former youth & college division leader, founder of the my college chapter and liaison between local schools to the ACTSO competition, I believe in the local, regional and national work of NAACP leaders. However, this time, I believe that the NAACP as… Continue reading Dear NAACP, Don’t Talk About Equality, Be About It!

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We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

By Jessica Waters I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the oval office with President Obama to receive an award for excellence in teaching. I was there as the 2013 RI Teacher of the Year to represent the teachers in my state and to honor the… Continue reading We Can’t Let Our Love For Our Students Morph Into Low Academic Expectations

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Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

By Gwen Samuel While many were celebrating the 4th of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July 5, 1852,  “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and applying it to the state of education for Black, brown and poor children in… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: If You Are Silent About My Oppression, You are My Oppressor

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Push Us Towards Education, Please.

By Dashaun Robinson For many young people at risk in today’s world, an internal battle exists pitting monetary gains against self enlightenment. Which is stronger: education or money? Now if you’re saying to yourself, “well that’s an easy one,” then you are probably reading this from your comfy desk, at your stable job. But for… Continue reading Push Us Towards Education, Please.