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Gabrielle Birkner oversees the First Person and How I Teach series. She was previously the story editor for the New York bureau. Before joining Chalkbeat, she served as the managing editor at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the director of digital media at the Forward. She is the co-founder of Modern Loss. Gabrielle co-authored "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome" (2018) and "The Kveller Haggadah: A Seder for Curious Kids (and Their Grownups)" (2019). Gabrielle lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

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This NYC counselor is helping students work through COVID-era trauma 

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On 9/11, they were at school. Here’s what happened inside their classrooms.

Chalkbeat asked teachers and students what they remember about that terrifying day 20 years later

Chalkbeat is launching a Student Voices essay-writing fellowship 

If you’re a high school student in Chicago, Newark, or Philadelphia, here’s what to know and how to apply.

This singing principal of viral video fame wants students to know they are loved. A call from Oprah would be nice, too. 

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This NYC teacher scrolls with care and reminds students that empathy is a ‘radical’ act

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This NYC bilingual educator shares what it means to teach for ‘equity, not equality’

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For blind students, accessibility makes all the difference, this NYC teacher says

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‘This is something I can do now’: What Kamala Harris’ ascension means for girls of color

Across America, Black, brown, and Asian students look to the Biden administration with hope, pride, and great expectations.

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‘Focus on the issue at hand’: How a leader representing school boards has handled a pandemic transition

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No instruments, no problem: Amid the pandemic, this Bronx teacher is embracing new ways of making music