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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

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

The Opportunity Myth: From Conversation to Action

More than 1,500 students, educators, parents, and leaders have taken the first step to making sure that more students have better experiences in school.

Editorial Staff

Students Respond to The Opportunity Myth

In The Opportunity Myth, we listen to what kids think about their schooling. Today we're asking students what they think of the report.

Editorial Staff

What Can 4,000 Students Teach Us About School?

We’ve been telling students that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth.

Dan Weisberg

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 If We Better Understood How Students Experience School? 

In our upcoming national report, we take the radical step—for us and for our field at large—of asking kids themselves about their schooling.

Amanda Kocon

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

Who Are the Next Bold Leaders in Education?

We’re looking for bold activists, innovative entrepreneurs, creative problem-solvers: anyone with big ideas for helping students of color thrive in school—and in life.

Rasheed Meadows

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

Higher Literacy Standards Help Students Succeed in School—and in Life

Too often, discussions of academic standards gloss over the importance of core academic skills and the knowledge necessary to navigate the literacy challenges of everyday life

Ben Jackson

Four Ways to Strengthen Partnerships with Families of ELL Students

Families of English Language Learners aren’t a rare exception—they’re a valuable part of school communities, and it’s time to treat them like partners.

Editorial Staff

The Most Important Questions School Leaders Should Ask Community Members

“To me, authentic engagement means going out into the neighborhood and listening to people. Meeting people where they are, under their circumstances. Sometimes that can feel uncomfortable for folks.”

Jessica Wilbanks

Equity in Schools, One Student at a Time

Personalized learning has the power to make each student equally important.

Dan Weisberg

What Is Your School’s Dress Code Telling Students?

When we tell students they have to "be this" or "look like that" to succeed, we are using our power to minimize and dehumanize young people.

Kenya Bradshaw

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

Language Isn’t a Barrier—It’s an Opportunity

Serving over 4,500 English language learners, Durham Public Schools knows the vital role families of English language learners play in student success.

Editorial Staff

A California Education School is Changing the Rubric to Put Kids First

Last year, the CSU Chico School of Education began using the TNTP Core Rubric to train its teachers—and made critical changes to the tool to meet the unique needs of California’s classrooms.

Erin Grogan and Amy Hammerle

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