The Power of Their Voices: Early Childhood Teachers Talk School Reform

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A former preschool teacher carried the torch for democracy at the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. “The Senate should not be a rubber stamp,” Patty Murray said. “We owe it to the American people to put families and children first, not billionaires.”

Those were fighting words from the mild-mannered senator from Washington State, and senior Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. Especially with Microsoft and Amazon among her top campaign contributors from 2011 to 2016. But as the results of our recent election attest, women’s ascent to power . . . Read full article →

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Jamaal Bowman’s Anthem for the Whole Child

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Under winter’s hard, cold earth lie the fruits of the coming spring. But we needn’t wait until then: the nation’s classrooms are already verdant, filled with the energy and potential of our children.

Jamaal Bowman’s garden grows in the Bronx, where he began his career as an elementary school teacher at P.S. 90. The founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School, he was trained by New Leaders for New Schools, after serving as a guidance counselor, teacher, and dean of students at the High School of Art and Technology.

“Mr. Bowman gives every student his . . . Read full article →

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On Imagination, A Tool for Survival

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In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, early educators across the country continue to be bombarded by the questions and fears of our youngest students. Emily Kaplan takes us back to her own childhood and youth, infused by the experiences and wisdom of her grandmother, who worked in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1945.

Kaplan is an elementary school teacher who has taught in suburban, charter, public, and private schools in greater Boston and rural Guatemala. Her writing focuses on children, education, and social equity. This piece originally appeared at her blog at Defending . . . Read full article →

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Babes in Trump Land: The Path Forward

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“Keep anxiety at bay,” was the subject line of last week’s email from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. The magnitude of the task can’t be overstated. One of the monsters has come out of the closet, and he will soon live in a big white house built by slaves.

On the evening after Donald Trump claimed victory, my millennial daughter joined tens of thousands of Americans in protest, their action captured by the hashtag #NotMyPresident. This radical spark is woven into her DNA. Her grandmother voted for Adlai Stevenson, an intellectual with a progressive bent who lost . . . Read full article →

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