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Posted June 23, 2020

Gianna Was Right, Her Daddy Changed the World

Four weeks ago, a Black man was lynched. In 2020. I remind myself of that fact each day so that I do not forget what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 20, 2020

Schools Must Prepare Now to Address Student and Teacher Trauma

My students and I are entering our tenth week of remote learning, all of us isolated from one another and from our shared classroom space.…

By Stephen Guerriero

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Posted May 19, 2020

I Got a Call From Betsy DeVos. Here’s What I Wish She Had Said.

Every year, I look forward to the first week of May, Teacher Appreciation Week. The week is usually filled with handwritten cards and drawings, a…

By Katie Benningfield

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Posted May 15, 2020

ZIP Code May Not Be Destiny, But It’s as Hard to Fight as Gravity

One Saturday I was picking my daughter up from a birthday party at one of those modern-day upscale arcades, and I was surprised to run…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted May 7, 2020

Let’s Show Teachers We Appreciate Them by Valuing Their Expertise

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week has taken on a whole new dimension. With many states, including Illinois, now shuttered for the remainder of the school…

By Stacy Moore

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Posted May 7, 2020

In Brownsville, Texas, a Pandemic Won’t Stop Students from Learning

The national media rarely focuses on communities like Brownsville, Texas. When they do, border communities are often painted in black-and-white, used as a backdrop to…

By Scott Frank

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Posted May 6, 2020

I Know What Can Happen When a Teacher Never Gives Up on a Student

This Teacher Appreciation Week, I am reminiscing about Ms. Holmes, my fifth grade teacher. I never could understand why this woman made so many sacrifices…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 5, 2020

Mrs. O’Brien Wasn’t Always My Favorite Teacher, But She Is Now

I have a long list of students who think I am a pretty good teacher. However, the list of teachers who thought I was a…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted May 4, 2020

This Teacher Appreciation Week Comes With a Bittersweet Gift for Educators

I teach and I write. These are my passions.   So you can imagine my bewilderment when I experienced paralyzing writer’s block, all while penning a…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is hot, my stomach churns. My…

By Nahliah Webber

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Posted June 23, 2020

Gianna Was Right, Her Daddy Changed the World

Four weeks ago, a Black man was lynched. In 2020. I remind myself of that fact each day so that I do not forget what…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted June 26, 2020

This Moment Demands a New, Race-Conscious Approach to Education

All across the country confederate statues are coming down, schools and road names are changing too. In my home state, New Mexico, we’re beginning to…

By Danielle M. Gonzales

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