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February 12, 2019
Denver teachers are stepping up. It’s time for Colorado voters to do the same.
Twice in the last six years, we’ve watched ballot initiatives that would have significantly increased Colorado education funding fail.
February 4, 2019
Computer science can change how students who struggle in math see themselves. I’ve watched it happen.
Far too many high school students have walked into my classroom with a fixed idea of how much they can accomplish. That mindset is…
January 22, 2019
We work at Denver’s Title I schools, too. Here’s why we’re ready to strike.
We would rather have higher base pay than earn bonuses that are not reliable, may not be working, and may take the pressure off the district to solve systemic problems.
January 18, 2019
I’m a fifth-year Chicago teacher, and the challenges aren’t letting up. Now what?
I can’t practice enough self-care to replace the structural changes needed to make our profession more sustainable.
January 17, 2019
We study school choice and gentrification. Here’s how New York City should prepare for Amazon.
Where policymakers might go wrong is trusting that school integration will happen on its own.
January 16, 2019
Why I won’t strike: Denver teachers in high-poverty schools, like me, deserve real bonuses
What else will bring teachers into the places where we need them the most? A sense of vocation and moral purpose, for sure, but that ignores reality.
how we got here
January 11, 2019
I’m a white teacher who chose a high-poverty school for my daughter. Here’s why.
I'm not immune to worrying that my daughter will miss out if I don’t fight for entry into schools that get all the buzz. But I know true equity means giving up privilege.
January 4, 2019
I’m a Chicago teacher who has watched many Javions fall through the cracks. Here’s what would help.
In Chicago, a district that prides itself on its variety of choices for families, Javion’s story is an illustration of how little schools can have in common.
January 4, 2019
My school policed our black male students’ hair. The viral forced-haircut video showed me how wrong we were.
"I believed our policy prepared our male scholars for life. Now, as I look back at the rule in the handbook, I am glad it is gone," writes an Indianapolis principal.
December 13, 2018
The SHSAT helps Manhattan families like mine. I finally stood up last week to say that’s wrong.
Choosing schools in New York City can be a formidable challenge. That was evident at a Community Education Council meeting in District…
December 4, 2018
Being the only black girl in her class took a toll on my daughter. Then she got a teacher who looks like her.
In first grade, my daughter was the only one: the only African-American girl in her entire classroom. To be clear, the year was 2016.
November 29, 2018
I’m a Denver high school principal. Here’s what we need in our next superintendent.
It's time for a new perspective at the head of Denver Public Schools.
November 13, 2018
Like most superintendents, I cared a lot about test scores. Too much, it turns out.
If life outcomes are what we are about, and test prep keeps us from helping students, we should welcome state test scores going down, argues Paymon Rouhanifard.
November 7, 2018
I voted for the first time on Tuesday. My journey to the ballot box began at my NYC high school.
My mother, three sisters, and I didn’t talk about politics much when I was growing up in Washington Heights. My parents, Mexican immigrants,…
November 6, 2018
It’s hard to leave the school you love. But sometimes, it’s necessary.
I’m a parent and a person who watches schools for a living. This guarantees I’m a fussy school-shopper. In kindergarten, we tried three…
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