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How Can White Teachers Do Better by Urban Kids of Color

Christopher Emdin is an education professor who speaks to building relationships with students by better understanding the emotional, physical and cultural context in which they live. His article, How Can White Teachers Do Better by Urban Kids of Color, speaks to the dichotomy in which we advocate for equity and achievement and at the same time dismiss […]

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Jett: School district must diversify faculty, staff

Mark Sommerhauser, St. Cloud Times, March 26, 2015 As the St. Cloud school district mulls how to respond to student protests of alleged ethnic discrimination at Technical High School, Superintendent Willie Jett says the district must redouble efforts to diversify its faculty. District administrators also may issue recommendations for action in the wake of last […]

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Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America

Motoko Rich, New York Times, February 5, 2015 Deja Moss, a Teach for America teacher, at Warren County Middle School in North Carolina. Travis Dove  Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, is suddenly having recruitment problems. For the […]

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Legislators wisely listen to state Teacher of the Year winners

Joe Nathan, HometownSource.com, October 29, 2014 “These teachers have dedicated their lives to serving students and been recognized for outstanding work. As we examine how to improve public policy, it’s important to hear from some of the best of the best. We need to learn from their success.” That’s how state Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, […]

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Where the Leaders Are: Diversity is Strength

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, May 06, 2014 The first three days of May were the major days of action for the “We Need Diverse Books” online campaign, which called for greater diversity of authors and characters in books, especially those aimed at children and young adults. Representation matters, and children get their first lessons in what to expect from […]

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Here are some ways to help end the education blame game

Jim Barnhill, MinnPost Community Voices, October 22, 2013 – Pam Costain’s recent Community Voices article, “Stop the Teacher Wars,” rightly calls for an end to the polarizing debates in education and the beginning of a search for common ground. This ongoing tug-of-war has reached a critical stage: Our inability to find solutions to the problems facing […]

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Stop the teacher wars

Pam Costain, MinnPost, October 11, 2013 – Teachers are tired of the teacher bashing. Those who think we can do better for kids are tired of being dismissed as “corporate reformers.” Traditionally prepared educators resent the notion that their years of training are unimportant, while folks in alternative programs resent the accusation that they have entered […]

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Minnesota teachers face an unfair test

Kevin Dahle, Star Tribune Commentary, March 11, 2013 – I have been an educator for 29 years. During that time, I have developed and given my fair share of tests. Sometimes I got the test right on the first try, but other times I had to develop multiple exams before finding a fair assessment for my […]

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Schools try to add more male teachers

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, February 5, 2012 – The number of men teaching in Minnesota declined over the past decade despite the growing desire to diversify the ranks. Doug Sayles and his buddies routinely get together to play poker, go golfing and grill outside when the weather is nice. Sometimes conversation drifts toward the Twins […]

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