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Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

Dan Butin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.

Questions for Black Parents to Ask their Child's Teacher and School

Charles Cole III | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Charles Cole III

I spent nearly five years at a nonprofit focused on getting students in and through college. Many of the students we got were not on track to graduate...

Why This Teacher Says More Classrooms Should Be Modeled After Gangs

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.23.2016 | Black Voices

Christopher Emdin says he knows how to get poor, black kids interested in school, and it involves treating his classrooms more like gangs. Gangs give...

Review of Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City by Pamela Lewis

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

When Ms. Lewis describes her first time entering her own school classroom and meeting her students, you can see how this is a love story. Many fear urban classrooms full of Black and Brown students, and in her case Special Education students, but she ran towards them.

Nobody Told Him How to Take a Cellphone Away From a Kid

Alan Singer | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Ed Boland was an executive at an education not-for-profit. He says he wanted to be an urban hero teacher, just like the ones he saw in the movies. Bol...

A Diploma and a Degree... For Free?

Randy Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

Community colleges is not the final destination, however if utilized strategically, urban students can benefit from the opportunity to attend them; particularly if they were to obtain an associate's degree during their final two years in high school.

No Child Left in Isolation

Randy Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

If you want to close achievement gaps between poor students of color and their wealthier white counterparts, you must reduce the high levels of socioeconomic isolation in urban communities.

Learning to Teach in Residence

Karen Hunter Quartz | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Karen Hunter Quartz

These residency schools and their master teachers would gain a reputation for excellence that would inspire young educators to intentionally embrace the teaching profession and ask each other, "Where did you do your residency?"

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.20.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Educator George E. Leonard's Phenomenal Results in New York City: Could The National Stage Be Next?

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Akoshia Yoba

There is a bright spot on the horizon--a leader in education who through his innovative and effective approach to teaching students in the inner cities, has proven himself to be astonishingly disruptive to the status quo in the best of ways. His name is George E. Leonard.

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

Technology and Mentorship: Addressing the Problem of Urban Students

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.20.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Students in urban schools tend to have stereotypes attached to them. Rather than see these students as individual learners, many urban kids and their ...

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

Urban Agenda, 'Now Go Out and Make Me Do It': Facade of Recovery Hides Broad Failures in Urban Areas

Dick Simpson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

There has not been a national urban agenda since the Carter administration three decades ago. The Office of Urban Affairs that President Obama opened when he went to the White House has been impotent.

Ain't Misbehavin'

Randy Miller | Posted 02.25.2013 | Education
Randy Miller

When it comes to Black and Latino kids in urban schools, educators need to ask themselves an honest question: do you care more about academic performance of students or student behavior?

Teacher To Run 155 Miles Through Sahara To Buy Laptops For Students

Posted 10.26.2012 | Education

Boston Public School teacher Liz Byron has had enough with the lack of resources holding her students back. She's frustrated with the fact that in a d...

When the Community Works Together, Our Schools Prosper

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | San Francisco
Rhiana Maidenberg

By aligning the interests of each individual school with each other and fostering a collective, citywide spirit, edMatch is helping build one more plank on the bridge to equality.

A Lesson for Public Schools From Steve Jobs

Anna Wong | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education
Anna Wong

If Steve Jobs were attending a typical urban public school today, chances are high that he would have been suspended, expelled, or at the very least, put on a track aimed at failure rather than success.

In Defense of Teach for America

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

Not every single TFA teacher will forge a career in education; some may only be slightly better than the teacher in the classroom next to them. But TFA has begun to raise awareness about educational inequality and social injustice.

Fixing American Education Chertok Interview Series: Part 1 -- What's Right With Public Education?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Mark Goulston, M.D.

With computers, the walls of the school and the limits they imposed, no longer existed. Computers are used to find information, track student progress, reinforce the work covered in class, diagnosis weakness in a students' understanding and prescribe an instructional remedy.

5 Ways Red Tails Can Inspire Deeper Conversations With African-American Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Christopher Emdin

Red Tails, with its success at the box office, majority African-American cast and white main funder, invites a powerful conversation that all Americans should be engaged in.

Coal for Christmas

Jack Jennings | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Jack Jennings

With class sizes increasing due to teacher layoffs, and the dismissal of reading specialists, it is not far-fetched to say that learning is being jeopardized by less money being spent on education.

Extended Time or Quality Time

Randy Miller | Posted 02.15.2012 | Education
Randy Miller

Based on what I am experiencing at my school, I can honestly say that our extended time or extended school day isn't working.

Introducing the New Majority

Teach Plus | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

So what is driving great early-career teachers away? For a large proportion, it is a lack of leadership opportunities.