school leadership

Q&A With Dr. Chad Gestson: Phoenix's Covid Numbers Transformed Our District for the Better

Dr. Chad Gestson leads the Phoenix Union High School District, which educates 29,000 students in 22 schools from 32 different ZIP codes in Arizona’s capital city. When the pandemic hit and health...

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Rural Schools

America’s Rural Schools May Not Be Tragic, but They Have Known Tragedy

Maybe this is the turning point. Education advocacy is exhausting — particularly in rural communities like mine, where our opportunities are limited and our challenges are unique. A myriad of...

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Rick Hess

Education Needs a Bigger Tent, Not a Bigot Tent

In the past several years, right-leaning education reformers have been contemptuous of—and frustrated by—progressives who brought a justice orientation into the movement. Back in 2015, Rick Hess at...

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Change in Schools Starts With Listening to Students

I am a high school senior from Montgomery County, Maryland, and a fierce advocate for social justice and progressive change. I have spent the past year working with peers from my school district,...

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Implicit bias

No, You Should Not Be Teaching Black Children if You Reject Anti-Racism

There would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom. Dr. Carter G. Woodson The news has been full of parents, school boards and elected officials up in arms about the evils of...

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student achievement

We Can Unleash the Genius of Our Students by Putting the Arts at the Center

This essay is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Patrick Pritchard from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, who recently passed away on March 6, 2021. The discussion of the role of the arts in public...

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