The "Renewal" Lesson

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The "Renewal" Lesson

Above photo from Jorg Schubert

There is a growing schism among education reformers. One side says schools should be held account for their performance…even to the point of closing them down. The other believes we should give them more resources and funding to see what happens. This conflict has come to a dramatic point in New York City with an initiative called Renewal. New York Times reporter Eliza Shapiro talks with us about what this all means for education reform efforts across the country. 

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The "We Will Not Be Erased" Lesson

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The "We Will Not Be Erased" Lesson

The Trump administration wants to redefine gender. Young trans people and their teachers are ready to fight back. Plus, should teachers stay neutral about controversial topics in class? Is that even possible? One Chicago teacher thought her district’s directive about the Laquan Mcdonald killing wasn’t right. And, teacher effectiveness…it’s not longer just about the test scores. What’s the best way to evaluate a teacher’s work?

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The "Monitoring Students" Lesson

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The "Monitoring Students" Lesson

Should schools monitor student’s social media to help prevent school shootings and suicides, or is that an invasion of privacy? Also, we like to think schools are making progress when it comes to being inclusive. But the tragic story of a nine year old who came out as gay reminds us we may not have come as far as we want. Those stories plus “Kids These Days”.

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