Activism

How Closing Schools Traumatizes Students and Communities – Education Article

A student walks down a hallway at the Jean de Lafayette Elementary School, on the final day of school Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Chicago. The school was one of 50 slated to be closed by the city.(AP Photo/Scott Eisen) Since 2004, Oakland Unified School District has closed 16 schools and is now targeting an additional 24 by the start of the 2019-20 school year. District officials call it “right-sizing,” a term borrowed from corporate America – appropriate given that…

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Clever, Funny, and Fiery: The Best of #RedforEd Protest Signs – Education Article

Crumbling desks and tattered textbooks. Large class sizes. Multiple jobs. Stagnant salaries. Unsustainable pensions. These were some of the issues educators brought to the forefront during the wave of #RedForEd rallies, walkouts, protests, job actions, and strikes. The issues run deep. Yet, educators and their supporters still found a way to lighten the mood with fun, pithy rally sign. Click to view slideshow. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Tim Walker Read Full Article

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10 Changemaker Questions Illuminate History’s Activists – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog When I walked into a one-hour session at the most recent National Council for the Social Studies annual conference – a mega-gathering with ideas and fellow teachers spilling from every corner, not to mention a celebrity sighting of Constitution USA guru Peter Sagal – I didn’t expect to walk out ready to transform an entire unit in my eighth-grade history class. But my mind opened up as I sat in “Bending the Arc Through History and Literature,”…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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Educators Reinvigorate Organizing and Activism With Art Build – Education Article

Photo: Joe Brusky On a typically warm and sunny Saturday last week in Venice, California, Kristie Mitchell sat outside at a table surrounded by Sharpies and a pile of posters. Each one featured the same basic illustration – an outline of an African-American woman and three school-age children with the words “I Stand For” across the top. It was up to Mitchell and the other public school parents and children around the table to decorate the poster with whatever color…

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Community Support Helps Schools Recover from Disaster – Education Article

Jones Middle School students march in their town’s Christmas Parade with donated instruments. From east coast to west coast, the U.S. has endured several devastating natural disasters in 2018. It’s been a hard year for many people, and if the seemingly endless negative news cycle has you feeling grinchy this holiday season, read on. Though they suffered enormous loss, disaster-hit communities are still feeling hopeful. When Hurricane Florence swamped Jones Middle School in eastern North Carolina, it wiped out everything,…

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in Public Education – Education Article

2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and outrages to splash a little cold water on any year-end celebration. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights for 2018. (It’s hardly an exhaustive…

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