Archive for the ‘EdVoices’ Category

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 […]

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My Daughter’s Disability Was Not Her Destiny—and the Right School Made all the Difference

My daughter sat quietly at the table, just staring at the paraprofessional as he quizzed her. He got louder and […]

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The Quiet Kids Still Need You

There are many benefits associated with having a diverse school staff. One that doesn’t get enough attention is how teachers […]

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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 […]

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Taking a Hard Look at Data and Making Harder Choices

We just wrapped testing season in Minnesota. And while Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results can’t tell the whole story of […]

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Classroom Diversity: Broadening Our Definition to Better Prepare Students

This spring, as a Capitol Pathways intern, I followed education-related legislation—topping the agenda was teacher diversity. Minnesota is making an […]

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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 […]

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Changes to Tiered Licensure Would Push Me Out of Public Schools

There’s been plenty of talk, and disagreement, about proposed changes to Minnesota’s new tiered licensure system: some people say the […]

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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. […]

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White Educators in Minnesota: We Need to Step Up

In the 2017-2018 school year, 47,199 African-American students took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading. 30,584 did not pass. 41,299 […]

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While Adults Talk About Teacher Diversity, Nothing is Changing for Youth of Color

As a young person of color, I know just how badly we need to increase teacher diversity in Minnesota. That’s […]

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Closing the Education Gap by Helping Kids Love Learning

As I’ve advanced through life, and seen my child, my grandchild, and my students advance in theirs, I have realized […]

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Why School Was the Last Place I Wanted to Be After Being Stopped by a Cop

A few weeks ago, I was stopped by a cop while walking to school. I was taking my usual route […]

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3 Steps for a Better Education Conversation

As an experienced educator, an advocate, a parent, a grandparent, and a former public school student myself, I have seen […]

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Student Voice: Making Good Students and Citizens Through Community Involvement

This post is the second in a series from students calling for more community engagement opportunities in the classroom. You […]

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The Lesson That Took Me 12 School Open Houses to Learn

I still remember my and my son’s first open house. All those crayons, his new backpack, all the excitement from […]

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Connecting Students with Community: My Story & Call to Action

This post is the first in a series from students calling for more community engagement opportunities in the classroom. My […]

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What Broadband Infrastructure’s Got to Do with Educational Equity

In conversations about opportunity gaps, I very rarely hear about one tool that has become increasingly critical to student success, […]

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Getting Ready for College? Here are a Few Things to Expect

From the beginning of orientation, I knew college was going to be very different from high school. Once classes started, […]

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Is School Integration About Helping Kids of Color Learn or Propping Up Whiteness?

Running in education and activist circles, I often hear white progressives say that integration is the key to closing the […]

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6 Tips to Help You Advocate for Your Child’s Education

As a parent, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is how hard, and important, it is to advocate for […]

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True Life: Teacher Prep Didn’t Prepare Me to Teach

When I’m being honest with myself, I know I had no business in front of a classroom. I had no […]

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Bullying is Complex. How We Talk About it Needs to be, Too.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about bullying, which has me thinking about how we talk, and don’t talk, […]

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An Open Letter to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

Dear members of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board: This morning, as I watched my two oldest kiddos jump […]

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But Can They Read? Why We Should Care About Student Test Scores

I care about my students’ test scores. That sentiment is a bit taboo nowadays, especially in “progressive” and “liberal” circles, […]

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Engaging Youth and Using Alternatives to End School Pushout

Having recently graduated from high school after attending various schools across Minnesota, and interning this summer with a juvenile defense […]

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Stop Lying! Telling the Truth About School Choice

It’s back to school. An exciting yet nerve-racking time, especially for families starting out at new schools. There are few […]

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Meet the First Class of EdVoices

When we founded EdAllies, we knew that a big part of our work would be fostering a new conversation about […]

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