Kara Cisco : Archive

5 Lessons for Civics Teachers Navigating an Election Year

You’ve heard it ad nauseam this election year: Young people (yes, students) have the power to make a difference. But […]

Read More

Implicit Bias in Distance Learning: Students Weigh-In on Educators’ Expectations

This post is the fifth in our Education at a Distance series, centering the voices of students, parents, and educators […]

Read More

Distance Learning Pulls Back the Curtain on What Teachers Have Always Known

This post is the fourth in our Education at a Distance series, centering the voices of students, parents, and educators […]

Read More

5 Things I’ve Learned So Far in the Dash to Distance Learning

Imagine you were about to start an online high school. Think of all the questions that you would have to […]

Read More

Can We Measure Student Engagement? Yes, and We Should!

Like many fourth-grade parents across Minnesota, I received my daughter’s third-grade MCA scores last month. And frankly, it’s easy as […]

Read More

Not Your Grandma’s Book Club: Unsettling the Status Quo in Education

Any number of things come to mind when you hear the word “book club,” but sparking disruption the education system […]

Read More

Why We Must Decolonize Civics

There’s an adage I use with my students often that the roots of our country will show up in its […]

Read More

Graduation rates are up. Are our expectations?

Last month, local media reported that four-year graduation rates in Minnesota were up. Not just up, but at an all-time […]

Read More

Instead of Locking Our Classroom Doors to Students, Let’s Give Them the Key

Every year, like clockwork, my colleagues and I debate how to address the issue of student tardies. I have little […]

Read More

3 Simple Ways to Make the Most of the MCAs

As a 15-year veteran public school teacher and a parent, I know just how important the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are. […]

Read More