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It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Matt Kramer

When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?

Teach For All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

In order for us to one day achieve the vision of providing all children with excellent education, Teach For All and other social impact alliances must increasingly come together to improve the breadth and depth of work being done.

Darla Moore

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

While each investment has its own set of metrics, there always must be in place a measurable, independent system to provide the data necessary to judge the progress of the entity receiving the investment.

Beyond the Bell

G. David Wilson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Every year, thousands of people across America embark on an incredible journey. They are a variety of people -- from young to old, recent college graduates to retirees, lawyers to medical professionals from all backgrounds and from states across the country.

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

An Open Letter to Teach for America

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I am no fan of the TFA program. I do not believe that five or six weeks of training -- in a controlled environment, to boot -- is in any way sufficient to prepare you for the classroom.

On Brown's Birthday, A Return to the Table of Brotherhood

Becky O’Neill | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Becky O’Neill

Sixty years later, we must ask the question: Does the pursuit of school integration have a place on our 21st century agenda? For many, the short answer is no.

One Thank You, Two Generations of Teachers

Leonor Dones | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Leonor Dones

I know that he will not become a millionaire teaching, and I worry about how hard he works, but knowing that he's sharing pieces of himself with the kids who need him is priceless to me.

How's Your Love Life... With Your Country?

MacKenzie Moritz | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
MacKenzie Moritz

We donate to a few causes we care about, and occasionally sign an online petition, but we throw our hands up in defeat when it comes to tackling the big issues facing our country.

Why We Do It

G. David Wilson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
G. David Wilson

Teaching is hard -- harder than hard. It is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done. And although you hear that from everyone who has served Teach for America, you don't really understand it, until you experience it.

Teach For America Launches Special Education and Ability Initiative

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Matt Kramer

My ADHD hasn't held me back from a fulfilling personal and professional life. Students who learn differently from the way most schools teach today often aren't so lucky, and the moral and economic costs to our country are staggering. It doesn't have to be that way.

Equality?!

Kate Casas | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Kate Casas

My students could teach our policymakers that everyone should be approaching education with the idea that equality should really be about how to get every student what they need to succeed.

The Dangers of Resisting

Uzra Khan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Uzra Khan

The debate surrounding Teach For America's motives and impact has been prolific and ongoing. Very often, the debate sheds light on real voids in TFA's programming and structure, and provides strong ideas for TFA's improvement.

My Solution to the American Education Debate: Joining Teach For America

Colby Woodis | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Colby Woodis

The question that everyone is trying to answer is how we make our schools better for our kids. It seems like everyone has an opinion as to what the best solution is. Personally, I don't quite know what the right answer is. So I decided to join Teach for America to find out.

This Company Really Wants To Hire Dreamers

NY Daily News | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

Jorge Bravo left Ecuador when he was 14 and spent his high school and college years in Woodhaven, Queens, with a secret — he was undocumented. But a...

Our Nation, United in Service

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Today, we need courage and leadership to make change and take on the greatest disparities in our nation; almost fifty years after King's death, we've moved past the "normal" of 1963, but we still have a long way to go.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Innovating for Equity

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Social Entrepreneurs get their start by pitching new solutions to people who can help them turn their ideas into action. Alejandro Gac-Artigas '09 is ...

Going Beyond Ads To Attract Young Teachers

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Robyn Gee The 30-second PSAs from the U.S. Department of Education's TEACH campaign, run by a coalition of major corporations and Teach for Americ...

We Need Young People to Become Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

It is nothing short of a miracle that we still have so many excellent teachers in our schools. I want young people to become classroom teachers. The first step toward making that a reality is to let teachers know they are wanted and valued.

Too Many Nickelbacks

Nancy Lublin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Nancy Lublin

In the not-for-profit world, there are a bunch of orgs and people who are very popular. Articles and lists tout "the best social innovations of 2013" or the "top social changemakers." But being on a list or knowing lots of powerful people doesn't mean your org has huge impact.

Innovating Entrepreneurship: Teach For China

China Hands | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
China Hands

When Rachel Wasser learned as an undergraduate at Yale that there existed no program that would allow her to teach at rural Chinese schools, it sparked a passion that would result in the fast-growing organization that now sends more than 200 college graduates each year from China and the U.S. to teach at Chinese schools.

Teachers Seek to 'Reclaim' Education

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.13.2014 | Education
Michelle Chen

After years of being backed into a corner, on Monday public-school teachers stood up in defiance against what they see as their chief bully--budget-sl...

You Don't Need Experience to Make an Impact

Mike Wilner | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Mike Wilner

I used to believe I needed some grooming, spending last summer working at an investment bank so I could eventually make a difference. After three months on Wall Street, I realized that I wasn't content with waiting.

Character Counts: Observations From the Classroom

American Teacher | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
American Teacher

It is my fervent hope that my students will go on to help lead our country. They understand that decency is fundamental to true success.