Backtalk


Betraying our immigrant students

  A survey of educators reveals that current immigration policies are having harmful effects on a wide range of students and the adults who work with them.   Every day, newspapers across the country report on the human tragedies caused by the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies: families being separated, neighborhoods ripped apart, children coming …
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BACKTALK: What we all need to know about vaping 

BACKTALK: School (over) choice? 

BACKTALK: The plight of the engaged scholar 

BACKTALK: Learning from the other achievement gap


BACKTALK: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the Common Core

A teacher educator offers advice on adopting and adapting the Common Core.   When the Common Core first appeared, circa 2009, I spent a great deal of time fretting about it. I didn’t like the top-down approach taken by the expert panels assembled to craft the standards in English language arts and mathematics. I didn’t …
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Tier 4 evidence: ESSA’s hidden gem 

The role of mentors in reducing chronic absenteeism