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June 20, 2018
From ‘abandoned’ to ‘blessed,’ Newark teacher sees herself in her students
Jennifer Palumbo is a second-grade bilingual teacher at Hawkins Street School.
June 8, 2018
If teachers aren’t equipped to help trauma victims, students suffer. Learn from my story.
I thought that if I could find a different way to ask him to get back on task, maybe he would not become so aggressive.
May 4, 2018
I moved 18 times as a child. ‘Why did you move?’ is now a question I don’t ask my students.
Like any other child, I just wanted to be normal, and talking about why we moved did not feel normal. I try to remember that now as a teacher.
May 1, 2018
I taught at a nonselective New York City school. Your assumptions about low-scoring students are wrong.
What is it that children of wealthy parents have earned that kids who score a level 2 on the state exam with no extra help have not?
January 10, 2018
Our readers had a lot to say in 2017. Make your voice heard in 2018.
Chalkbeat invites readers to tell your stories in a series we call First Person. Here are a few examples that stood out in 2017.
December 19, 2017
A former superintendent wonders: What’s missing from the discussion about the portfolio model?
I know from experience that we need to focus on the substance of what goes on in schools, not just the formal structures in which those schools operate.
September 13, 2017
When my student was assaulted and traumatized, my school didn’t know what to do. Let’s change that.
An aura of gloom became a student’s new trademark, and he began acting out. A teacher wonders how her school could have done a better job responding.
June 20, 2017
I dropped out of school in Denver at 13. Here’s how I ended up back in the classroom helping kids learn.
My daughter's teacher told me I should come work there because I was a natural teacher. I think my answer to her was, “Yeah, seriously.”
May 4, 2017
What this teacher learned when her discipline system went awry — for all the right reasons
The author, a teacher at P.S. 11 in Chelsea, shared this story at Teachable Moments, a live storytelling event.
April 25, 2017
How I learned not to be ‘that mom’ — while keeping up the good fight for my son with a learning disability
Amy Valentine explains how she cut through "the fog of inaction" at her son's school, using the experience to teach (and learn) about perseverance.
January 19, 2017
I’m an education reformer, and Betsy DeVos is going to kill our coalition. Here’s a game plan.
Our country’s Republican leadership is about to leave behind a technocratic agenda in favor of an ideological one. That really matters.
November 4, 2016
Why the new changes to the color ratings for Denver schools have me red in the face
The district's newfound concern for schools that will see their ratings fall underscore the real consequences of that system — one that has hurt schools I've worked at.
November 2, 2016
I was frustrated with my toughest high school students. Then we went to a farm to scrub pumpkins.
I didn't think a cold, rainy field trip to a farm with 20 fifteen-year-olds was going to be a transformative experience. I was wrong.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
First Person - STEM edition
September 7, 2016
Why is a STEM education important? Because it’s going to help me build a better water system for Ethiopia.
I can achieve this goal only if I learn as much as possible in my science, math, engineering and technology classes.
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