Illinois

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Recruitment & Retention What Districts Can Do to Prevent Teachers From Quitting Mid-Year
Routine, actionable feedback and small gestures of appreciation go a long way, superintendents say
Caitlynn Peetz, January 18, 2023
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Stephanie Miller-Henderson, 42, looks at 11-year-old Christopher Lockhart’s laptop while teaching a sixth grade class how their grades are calculated during a Success Bound lesson at John M. Smyth School on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022 in Chicago, Ill. Success Bound aims to teach middle school students skills they will need in high school and beyond.
School counselor Stephanie Miller-Henderson looks at 11-year-old Christopher Lockhart’s laptop while teaching a 6th grade lesson on calculating grades at John M. Smyth School on Dec. 12 in Chicago.
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Student Well-Being 'Future Selves' and Helping Others: What Motivates Students to Engage in School
Getting middle schoolers invested in their academic futures is a perennial challenge for educators. But it’s more complex now.
Sarah Schwartz, December 28, 2022
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A young woman wearing a pale purple headband and a matching t-shirt cuts a piece of pale blue paper into strips while she sits at a sunlit table.
Rebecca Newlon, 19, who has Down syndrome, participates in an internship job at her former elementary school in McHenry, Ill.
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Special Education Older Students Face Time Crunch in Getting Crucial Special Education Services
Many students with disabilities missed out on key transition services during the pandemic. Advocates are pushing schools to make up for lost time.
Evie Blad, October 14, 2022
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Evanston, IL - August 24: Teacher DarLisa Himrod poses for a portrait in her classroom for ages 3-5 at Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Evanston, Ill. Nimrod previously worked with ages 0-3 and completed a yearlong residency to receive her teaching certification.
After one of the most challenging years of her life, DarLisa Himrod landed a position as a certified preschool special education teacher at the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center in Evanston, Ill.
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Recruitment & Retention A New Teacher at 50: Inside the Struggle to Rebuild America's Black Teaching Workforce
A suburban Chicago school district was desperate to hire more teachers of color and root out racism. Enter DarLisa Himrod.
Benjamin Herold, October 11, 2022
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Curriculum Off-the-Shelf or Custom-Made? Why Some Districts Are Designing Their Own Curriculum
Advocates say the homegrown materials better reflect the cities where they live and the students they serve.
Sarah Schwartz, September 29, 2022
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Student Well-Being Goodbye to COVID Vaccine, Testing Mandates. What That Means for Schools
The changes come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its COVID-19 guidance for schools.
Lauraine Langreo, September 16, 2022
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Standards The Sex Ed. Battleground Heats Up (Again). Here's What's Actually in New Standards
Vocal opposition from some conservative groups has put a spotlight on schools’ instructional choices.
Sarah Schwartz, August 22, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video 'This City Is Theirs’: How One Chicago Program Is Implementing SEL
Chicago students at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning build SEL skills to help them deepen their relationships with the community.
Kaylee Domzalski, July 22, 2022
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Student Well-Being Video How Social-Emotional Learning Can Foster Student Growth
An SEL specialist in Chicago is creating a positive relationship between students and teachers, and changing how students see themselves.
Kaylee Domzalski, July 22, 2022
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Teaching Profession Abortion, Anti-LGBTQ Bills, and Safe Schools: 5 Things to Know From NEA's Annual Assembly
Here's your cheat sheet on the union's budget and membership—and how members voted on new directives.
Madeline Will, July 7, 2022
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an event in New Orleans, Saturday, July 2, 2022.
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Teaching Profession You Shouldn't Have to Treat Gunshot Wounds, Kamala Harris Tells Teachers
The vice president also unveiled a new tutoring initiative and underscored the administration's goal of higher pay for teachers.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Nation's Largest Teachers’ Union Calls for Curbs on School Policing
But the National Education Association stopped short of urging the removal of school resource officers from campuses.
Madeline Will, July 5, 2022
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The "Abbott Elementary" cast, including Tyler James Williams (far left) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (third from right), stand together during a scene from the show.
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Teaching Profession Teaching Is Hard. Take a Break, 'Abbott Elementary' Stars Urge Teachers
Tyler James Williams and Sheryl Lee Ralph, stars of the ABC workplace sitcom, thanked teachers for "getting the job done."
Madeline Will, July 3, 2022
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Student Well-Being Really Listening to Students Has an Academic Payoff, New Research Finds
When students see their schools as "responsive" to their feedback, they are likely to have better grades and attendance, new research finds.
Evie Blad, June 16, 2022
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