Inspired by history: We need a new movement, stronger voices in education

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a small gathering of policy leaders, academics, and activists to reflect on the landmark Kerner…


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Student betrayal, job abandonment, and Anyone Can Teach

Remember when our greatest stress was the shortage of substitutes? How we would wring our hands as we tried to manage empty classrooms during a…


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Prevent teacher shortages from robbing students of color

Pause your day. Take some deep breaths if it helps. Envision the teacher who changed your life. How did their classroom feel? What did their…


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Starving the lions of the teaching profession

In New York City, the lion is one of our most prominent symbols. Over the course of human history, the lion has stood for royalty, strength, and…


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What kind of teacher shortage do we face?

Imagine a field hospital in a battle zone staffed entirely by cooks, engineers, and mechanics. The cooks wear stethoscopes, the engineers take…


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Politics in the public school

Disclaimer: This is not a post about politics – well, not just politics. Nor is this a post about teaching – well, not just teaching. This is the…


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Now there has to be an “us”

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian society brought to devastating life on Hulu, elicits the jarring combination of awfulness and…


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Hiring Black teachers only solves part of the problem

Recently, I read an NPR article, “If Your Teacher Looks Like You, You May Do Better In School,” and was left feeling a little unsettled. The article…


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Language is an equity issue

Someplace in America today, a kid will have been sent to the office for offensive language.  He or she will be outside of the classroom for ten or…


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Fear: A luxury we can’t afford

Arguably it started with the election of the current president. Students worried about whether or not their families were now in danger because “he”…


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