First Person

First Person is where Chalkbeat features personal essays by educators, students, parents, and others thinking and writing about public education.

As I prepared to discuss the racist violence, I couldn’t help but reflect on what conversations might be banned if I did not teach in New York City.
As connections withered, our school became every school — the faceless bureaucracy people complain about on social media and in the news.
I chose Science Park’s International Baccalaureate program for its rigorous academics. My classmates and teachers made it an experience I’ll cherish forever.
Coming to terms with the past shows us how the future can be better.
Observation only goes so far. Pre-service teachers need more opportunities to work directly with students.
She invited me to live with her in Chicago, seizing the opportunity to change our family’s story.
I’m an education major. Here’s what draws me to a profession many are leaving.
Climate change can be intimidating for elementary teachers to address. Here are some ideas.
Lessons about the largest and most documented genocide in human history need not rely on fiction.
Schools rely on teachers to care, even at our own expense.
Asian students like me make up the majority of those enrolled in NYC specialized high schools. Why was nobody asking for our input?
Mis papás hablan español; mi hermano de 8 años habla inglés. ¿Por qué no hay libros que ellos puedan disfrutar juntos?
Getting this glimpse into my kids’ education felt like a gift after two years of pandemic restrictions.
Affordable childcare, financial stipends, transportation, and accessible mental health services can allow students to achieve their academic goals.
My parents speak Spanish; my 8-year-old brother speaks English. Why aren’t there children’s books they can enjoy together?
My robotics team is about half girls and half boys. Gender equity has meant leading with intention.
Staffing shortages make teaching, learning, and leading so much harder.
On my first day of school, I wore a pink floral hijab. I didn’t realize it would make me a target.
It helps to remember that most children are doing the best with what they’ve been given.
‘Living through history’ is an opportunity and a challenge.
I practiced self-care and gratitude. I decorated and organized. None of it worked. Here’s what did.
I’m a high school sophomore. The transition back to in-person schooling has been harder than I expected.
When it comes to accessibility, there’s a big gap between what’s promised and what’s provided.
Two pandemic years have changed my approach to teaching.
It began as a work-around during remote learning. Then it changed my struggling student’s trajectory.
Early career educators aren’t getting the feedback they require to thrive.
Getting my child the help he needed shouldn’t have been so hard or costly.
Submitting all of our teaching materials ahead of time is impractical for Indiana educators already stretched thin.
Here’s what I want you to know about Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School.
The Chicago educator urged students to think critically about African American history, but her pioneering curriculum was short-lived.
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