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Educator wants to ‘grow in place,’ but she’s facing resistance 

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Q: I’m part of a special education department at a large high school. I’ve been in the same position for 15 years. Even after all this time, I love what I do and want to remain in my position. At the same time, I’d like to take on new challenges. I feel like I’m stuck [...]

Early college can boost college success rates for low-income, first-generation students

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Giving students a taste of college early can encourage them to persist in high school and through higher education. By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe Science teacher Cierra Swopes has a unique perspective on taking college courses while still in high school. In 2008, she was in the second graduating class of Dayton Early [...]

Teacher is upset with counselor for withholding information

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Q: I just got a new student in my 7th-grade English class. He seems really troubled. He steals supplies, knocks papers off my desk when he’s mad and makes crass sexual comments to the girls. He's in 7th grade but can barely read. To say he's disrespectful would be an understatement. When I went to [...]

Why I’m not involved: Parental involvement from a parent’s perspective

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A university researcher explains how issues of race, culture, and trust have made her reluctant to become more involved at her son’s school.   By Jung-ah Choi I am the mother of a 7-year-old boy from South Korea, and I’m also a college faculty member, teaching and writing about social justice, race, and education. I truly [...]

Can we talk about race? An interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Twenty years after publishing Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, author and former Spelman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum says Americans still need to talk about race if they want to bridge the divide between whites and people of color. By Joan Richardson Kappan: One of the themes that runs [...]

Gerrymandering educational opportunity

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The extent to which school boundaries foster or hinder efforts at enhancing school diversity depends on the motivation and political will of district leadership.  By Meredith P. Richards In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down congressional districts in North Carolina, finding that their boundaries had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered along racial lines. The court held [...]

Not like the rest: Should teacher conform to be like coworkers?

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Q:  I’m a middle school teacher, and I don’t fit the mold at my school. It’s a pretty straight-and-narrow place. People talk about their kids, their new countertops, or the weather. I’m not following a traditional life path. I’m not interested in any of those topics. I often wish I could whip out my phone [...]

To engage students, give them meaningful choices in the classroom

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It’s important to give students meaningful choices about how and what they learn in the classroom. But not all choices are equal. Teachers should structure learning scenarios that equip students with opportunities to strengthen their autonomy, competence, and relatedness. By Frieda Parker, Jodie Novak, and Tonya Bartell Giving student real choices in the classroom — [...]

In Delaware, creating pathways and opportunities for youth

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The Pathways to Prosperity initiative is helping states create seamless transitions from high school to college and the workforce. By Robert Rothman Andrew Flynn had long dreamed of working as an engineer. As a high school junior, his dream began to come true.   He enrolled in an advanced manufacturing career pathway program at his school, [...]

Teacher likes to eat alone, but misses out when coworkers talk shop at lunch

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Q: As teachers, we all have students who eat lunch alone. They’d rather get lost in a book or stare at a wall than talk with their peers. We worry about them and want them to be more socialized. But wait! I think I am that person as an adult! When it comes to lunch time, [...]

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