Monthly Archives: October 2017

Parent report cards: Gutsy or pushy?

One of the secrets of Success Academy schools’ success is “holding parents to account for honoring the agreement they signed when enrolling their children,” writes Robert Pondiscio. The high-scoring charter network — with mostly low-income black and Hispanic students — requires parents to get kids to school on time and in uniform, avoid unexcused absences and monitor homework and reading logs. “We’ve… Read more →

How a stupid teen’s Blackface selfie revealed the racial fault lines in my integrated suburb

They marched this weekend in my hometown, a Chicago suburb we chose 18 years ago because it seemed the safest and most welcoming place for a Black dad and a White mom to raise two biracial children. On its face, the march was about the fate of a Black teacher, activist and political candidate who was punished by our high… Read more →

Sorry schools, you don’t all get to call yourselves ‘exemplary’

If you want to know what happens when you give school districts a chance to grade themselves on their own accountability report cards, look no farther than Texas. As the Houston Chronicle recently reported: All but one out of 1,201 Texas school districts say they’re successfully engaging their students and community, according to results of mandatory self-evaluations released Monday by… Read more →

I’m a Black man teaching 1st graders in DC. I want them to believe anything is possible

This is part of a series of first-person pieces written by Black men in teaching talking about their educational  journeys and the importance of making all of our classrooms–in big cities and small towns–more representative and more responsive to the needs of our students. Recent research has reinforced how important it is for schools—especially elementary schools–to aggressively recruit and support… Read more →

Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore these three facts. The test is easier than it was a year ago. The achievement gap between students of different races and parental education levels is just as entrenched as ever. And fewer than half… Read more →

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