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May 06, 2014 - 6:00:26 posted by Dido Balla

I Teach for Jeyson

Often, family members, friends, colleagues, and even my students ask me, “Why do you teach?” When I think about an answer to this question, I can’t help but think about that Monday morning, when 17 year old Jeyson entered my 9th grade ESOL class in late November. Read More»

Topics: Teachers

May 05, 2014 - 5:21:20 posted by Sasha Growick

A Teacher’s Words to Louis C.K.

Last week, comedian Louis C.K. joined the ranks of Common Core critics by complaining about his third grade daughter’s math homework on Twitter. The Common Core-aligned assignment, he claimed, was so difficult and confusing that it caused his daughter to hate math. Read More»

Topics: Common Core

May 05, 2014 - 7:11:39 posted by Julian Lamme

RIP Mr. Ferreter: A Great Teacher

It has been two years since my kindergarten teacher passed away. He was an awesome teacher. I still get sad when I think about how he is not here anymore. I bet everybody who reads this knows a teacher like Mr. Ferreter. Read More»

Topics: Teachers

May 02, 2014 - 12:23:56 posted by StudentsFirst

Describing Our Favorite Teachers

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked members of the StudentsFirst team to describe their favorite teachers in just one word. Here are some of the responses. Read More»

Topics: Teachers

May 01, 2014 - 2:56:00 posted by Michelle Humphrey

Teachers for Transformation Academy: Now Accepting Applications!

I joined the StudentsFirst team to engage more teachers, parents and community members to act on behalf of students Read More»

April 28, 2014 - 6:08:26 posted by Jacob Waters

Celebrating High-Performing Public Charter Schools

Last week, U.S. News and World Report released their list of the best high schools in the United States. It contains some encouraging news for advocates of school choice: despite making up only 6 percent of the country’s public schools, public charters account for 24 percent of the list. Read More»

Topics: Charter Schools

April 25, 2014 - 12:44:04 posted by Eric Lerum

The Teacher Unions Beat a Hasty Retreat on Common Core

When states began adopting the Common Core State Standards in 2010, the country’s teachers’ unions came out in full-throated support.  Read More»

Topics: Common Core

April 17, 2014 - 4:39:51 posted by Jacob Waters

Elizabeth Warren, Howard Dean, and the Progressive Case for Education Reform

Opponents of education reform frequently try to frame the issue as part of Republican ideology. It’s a convenient political maneuver, for sure. Read More»

April 14, 2014 - 8:00:23 posted by Morgan Sanders

Teachers for Transformation Academy Launches

We are now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Teachers for Transformation Academy! Read More»

Topics: StudentsFirst, Teachers

April 11, 2014 - 8:00:06 posted by Laura Roehrs-Meyer

Promoting Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

This is my eleventh year teaching, and as time has gone on I have come to the same conclusion as Dave Levin, Co-Founder of KIPP Public Charter Schools – character counts as much as academics, if not more. Read More»

Topics: Charter Schools, Teachers

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