Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage

Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.


The Good, the Bad, and the Urgent: An Honest Confession From a Teacher-Mom

I never fully internalized the power of the phrase a "sense of urgency" in education until I needed other people to have it for my 8-year-old daughter and it seemed really hard to find.


Open Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

The bid for mayor in Chicago is just heating up. Ailing teachers union president Karen Lewis is backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but can he manage the city's fiscal crisis while also improving the Chicago Public Schools?


The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System

Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system.


Beyond Profiling: Deepening Classroom Discussions About Race

Guest blogger and Bronx teacher Mark Anderson taught an in-depth unit on racial segregation and had to grapple with surprising feedback from his students of color.


Ill. Pulls the Rug Out With New ESL-Endorsement Requirement for Teachers

A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.


Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates

Teachers unions and school reformers often force teachers to pick a side—district or charter—and stick to it; however, more teachers need to cross that invisible line.


Michael Brown Verdict and Two Meatless Slices of Bread

It's often said that "a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich," so why wasn't the police officer who was seen murdering an unarmed teenager brought to trial?


Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.


Pardon My Ignorance But ... Is High School Really This Crazy?

After 12 years in K-8 education, I'm finally getting a glimpse of the world of high school—and it's a totally different, sometimes bizarre, world.


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