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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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For these teens, election season has been a political awakening

Here are the issues driving NYC youth to get out the vote.

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At a Manhattan school where half the students are homeless, this teacher aims to ‘make the shame and sadness scatter’

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This NYC science teacher says remote learning is here to stay

Even before George Floyd’s death, this Minneapolis teacher was showing students ‘the power of their voices’

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Ideas to power next school year in NYC: How to confront trauma and foster healing

When schools reopen, many students will face mental health challenges. Here’s what might help.

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Ideas to power next school year in NYC: How can we use and improve remote learning?

7 lessons from the COVID era, and how they could inform how teachers teach and students learn

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Turning laundry day into a robotics lab — it can be done, says this Harlem teacher

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This NYC teacher wants her students to know she’s struggling, too

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Working from home, this NYC art teacher has students rethinking what they need to create a masterpiece 

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These two traits will make you a better at-home teacher, this Bronx educator says