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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

They Said I Was Ready for College. I Wasn’t.

I was let down by my K-12 experience—in part, because of the low expectations teachers had for me that still affect me today.

Vasiki Konneh

TNTP’s Favorite Thinkers 2018: Resolutions for Improving Student Experiences

To wrap up the year, we’ve asked education leaders to share their new year’s resolutions—what they’re going to do to improve student experiences in 2019

Dan Weisberg

As a Teacher, I Know Students Need Challenging Coursework to Thrive

Fishman Prize Winner Joshua Martinez introduced more rigorous content in his class, and his fourth-graders rose to the occasion. “When given a challenging and personalized learning environment, students thrive.”

Joshua Martinez

What Do Families Want Most From Schools?

A parent voice organization leader discusses what families want for their children, what they expect from their schools, and how educators can be better partners.

Editorial Staff

A Mother and Son Discuss Their Hopes and Fears About College

A high school junior talks with his mother about what schools can do better to prepare kids for college. “Families shouldn’t have to wait until senior year to be faced with the reality that their kids aren't ready for college.”

Paul Hee

Why I Teach My Students to Fail

A teacher mentor discusses how she’s worked to expect more from her students, and what she’s doing now to help other teachers do the same. "I want to ask teachers: do you believe all kids can learn? I emphasize that word all.”

Elizabeth Suarez

As Students, We Need Curriculum That Reflects Our Culture

“Change toward more culturally inclusive content is really important to me—especially considering the lack of teachers who look like me.”

Julie Hajducky

What Does Disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline Look Like?

Charles Savage and Marvin Pierre discuss disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline in Harris County—the county with the highest number of incarcerated children in Texas.

Marvin Pierre

What a Fourth Grader Taught Me About Supporting ELL Students Like Her

“Even as a bilingual educator from a family of immigrants, I made a lot of assumptions in my effort to support my ELL students.”

Cristina Marks

What I Wish I Learned in High School

A Philadelphia college student discusses how being neither an “A student” nor a “failing student” affected her high school teachers’ expectations—as well as her own.

April Inez Kaplowitz

How Can My Kids Be Honor Roll Students and Still Not Read at Grade Level?

"I feel like the school is taking advantage of me by making me believe my kids are learning, but the state evaluations show otherwise.”

Esmeralda Fabián Romero

Let the Kids Speak: Roshely, High School Student from New York City

A 16-year-old discusses why graduating is important. “My mom cares a lot about me getting my diploma. Some of our family members didn’t complete high school, and she’s seen how hard it can be to improve your life without an education.”

April Inez Kaplowitz

I’m an Ignored Student at an Ignored School, and I’m Reclaiming My Voice

An eighth-grader reflects on educational equity: “As I’ve started thinking more about my future, I’ve had to realize who I’m competing against: people with more resources, more exposure, and more support.”

Julie Hajducky

Why Some Teachers Helped Me Succeed, and Some Didn’t

At only seven years old, I could tell the difference between teachers that cared and those that didn’t—I think all kids can.

Niara Riddick

A Student Asks: ‘Are Decision Makers Finally Going to Listen to Us?’

Real student voice occurs when students are present, active, and an equal part of the decision-making processes.

David Goncharuk

Debating Social Issues in the Middle School Classroom

Fifth-grade English students cut through the noise of current events to form their own identities and perspectives at a time when their community—and their families—feel threatened.

Maria Morfin

Puerto Rico Is Losing Its Teachers. Are We Part of the Problem?

As advocates for kids, is it our responsibility to fight for policies and work toward solutions for all children—or is it our priority to help our clients address their local teacher shortages?

Ivan Nieves

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes in the Classroom

Let’s take a cue from “Black Panther” and ensure kids have role models who look like them, both onscreen and in the classroom.

Kenya Bradshaw

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