Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

Posted Feb. 22, 2021

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

Posted Feb. 17, 2021

On January 6, as my students were learning about the history of trench warfare during World War I, I had no idea that our own…

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The Only Cure for White Supremacy Is To Teach Students Real American History

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Posted Feb. 12, 2021

I was gifted an advanced screening of “Judas and the Black Messiah” earlier this week and it affirmed just how much education equals power, while…

Posted Feb. 16, 2021

I came across an image on social media the other day and it made me stop and think. In it, two boys—one white and one…

Posted Feb. 17, 2021

On January 6, as my students were learning about the history of trench warfare during World War I, I had no idea that our own…

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To the People Pushing Back on Culturally Responsive Teaching During Black History Month

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Posted Feb. 11, 2021

A war has been waging in my home state of Illinois, and the battle lines have been drawn. In one corner of the ring—the “uber…

Posted Feb. 10, 2021

Prior to COVID-19 upending American education, some state legislatures around the country considered moratoriums or “pauses” on public charter schools; while others, like in California,…

Posted Feb. 8, 2021

Although the United States has always had a diverse population, public school curricula are overwhelmingly built around a white, male perspective. Students are learning a…

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We Need To Know if the Biden Administration Is Really With and For Us

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

Before taking a much needed vacation at the end of last year, I wrote a piece talking about how education for Black kids cannot look…

Posted Jan. 25, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 on the education community was astonishing. Educators pivoted all of their curricula to a virtual landscape for the first time. Guardians…

Posted Jan. 25, 2021

A new COVID-19 strain is more contagious than ever. The Trump administration’s sheer neglect in the face of this deadly pandemic is enraging. Federal inaction…

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Teachers Shouldn’t Tiptoe Around Politics When It Directly Impacts Our Students

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

Posted Jan. 20, 2021

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

Posted Jan. 13, 2021

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

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I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

Today at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman stole the show. Lady Gaga? J-Lo? Garth Brooks? No contest. This 22-year-old…

Posted Jan. 20, 2021

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

Posted Jan. 13, 2021

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

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There Is a Right Way to Process Current Events With Your Students

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Posted Jan. 11, 2021

On the afternoon of last Wednesday’s attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Twitter was a refuge. While living and working in…

Posted Jan. 13, 2021

The certification of the electoral votes from the 2020 election was already going to be a contentious issue, but the events that transpired go far…

Posted Jan. 8, 2021

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last night, citing Wednesday’s putsch at the Capitol, Trump’s incitement of violence, and her concern that “impressionable children are watching…

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Our Students Need More Than Our Outrage, They Need Dialogue

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Posted Jan. 11, 2021

On the afternoon of last Wednesday’s attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Twitter was a refuge. While living and working in…

Posted Jan. 7, 2021

I sat yesterday after school watching the news, Twitter and my email, mortified by the actions unfolding in our nation’s capital (and across the nation),…

Posted Jan. 8, 2021

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned last night, citing Wednesday’s putsch at the Capitol, Trump’s incitement of violence, and her concern that “impressionable children are watching…

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We Must Be Disciples for Our Students in 2021

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Posted Dec. 28, 2020

It was that kind of day. Parents and teachers know the one: the day before the holiday break. The day when all grades are due,…

Posted Dec. 29, 2020

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, educators nationwide, and the world over, have had to adapt how they provide services to children and families.…

Posted Dec. 29, 2020

2020 was the pits.  More than 300,000 Americans died from COVID. A dearth of presidential leadership that led to the politicization of wearing masks—the single…

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