Chalkbeat readers helped make these stories possible in 2022. Here’s how you can get involved in 2023

As 2022 comes to a close, Chalkbeat is reflecting on another year of covering public education across America. 

The following stories are among many made possible by the hundreds of readers who shared their experiences with us throughout the year.

We thank you for reading Chalkbeat and being a core part of our work. 

The teachers who quit teaching tell us why

In May, Chalkbeat asked teachers who quit why they left.

The 80 teachers we heard from said respect, support, better pay, and more flexibility are just a few of the things that might have kept them working in education. The insights shared here are diverse, touching on  burnout, school funding, teacher training, and cultural representation in curriculum.

Read the full story for more insight on why teachers quit the profession

School psychologist, counselor hiring lags nationwide even as student mental health needs soar

We asked: Are efforts to support student mental health working? Help Chalkbeat investigate.

The readers we heard from helped inform a story months later on how schools nationwide couldn’t keep up with demand for staff psychologists and counselors. 

Read the full story, published in partnership with the AP.

Chicago high school students are giving back to their school by tutoring peers

In October, Chalkbeat Chicago wanted to hear more about how local schools were finding joy after a few tough years. We asked readers to share their stories with us, and we heard about a free peer tutoring and mentoring program at Infinity Math, Science & Technology High School in Chicago’s Little Village.

“I feel like tutoring does make a change and a difference,” one student tutor said. “It really does make an impact.”

Read more about the Infinity High School tutoring program, which offers tutoring every Thursday and a four-hour session one Saturday per quarter. 

NYC says all classrooms have air conditioning, but gaps remain

Days before the school year started, New York City officials said they made good on a major promise: ensuring every public school classroom has air conditioning. But as students and educators returned to their classrooms, some were still sweltering. Dozens of educators, students, and parents told Chalkbeat New York that there were still gaps in air conditioning coverage. In some cases, AC units were installed, but have fallen into disrepair and have not been fixed or replaced. In others, units have yet to be delivered, or school officials are waiting for upgrades to outdated electrical systems before switching them on. Some areas, including auditoriums and gyms, were never guaranteed air conditioning in the first place.

Read the full story by Alex Zimmerman here.

LGBTQ reading list: What Chalkbeat readers recommend

How can educators make classrooms more inclusive for LGBTQ+ youth? One small way, Chalkbeat readers said, is to incorporate stories that are reflective of the student body throughout the school year.  We asked parents, students, and teachers for their book list suggestions — and you responded with titles ranging from picture books to young adult literature. 

Read the full story for more LGBTQ+ reading recommendations from Chalkbeat readers.

We heard from educators and students with their recommendations for building an inclusive classroom for LGBTQ youth. (Dan Lyon / Chalkbeat)

How you can participate in our journalism in 2023

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Submit a first-person essay

Chalkbeat regularly publishes personal essays in our First Person series, which aims to highlight the views of educators, students, parents, advocates, and others on the front lines of working to improve public education.

These aren’t traditional opinion pieces or newspaper editorials. We’re looking for essays, about 800 words or so, that center your individual experiences or observations in education.

Recent First Person essays include:

Here’s how to pitch your written personal essay to Chalkbeat.

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