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CPS High School Admissions: Cut-Off Scores

Usually I hate the whole high school admissions process in Chicago Public Schools–it puts 7th-graders under undue stress and reminds us forcefully of the system’s baked-in inequity of opportunity. However, last night it was a pleasant relief to see parents on my Facebook feed celebrating their children’s high school acceptances. So, in hopes that talking about high school admissions is…

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Rebuilding Classroom Communities Means Getting Connected in Every Way Possible

This is what my classroom looks like now: Twenty video squares light up my screen, Brady Bunch style. Each vignette holds a teenage student, encapsulated in their own world. One strokes a golden retriever, one lounges in pink-spotted pajamas, another chases a little brother out of frame.  At the end of our meeting time, the girl in the pink pajamas…

My COVID-19 Homeschool Doesn’t Look Like This, And That’s OK

A friend of mine–who, not surprisingly, is a teacher–planned this daily COVID-19 homeschool schedule for her kids.  I’m impressed by her ability to develop such a well-planned daily routine. And, my days working from home with my 10-year-old in tow will never look exactly like this. Fellow COVID-19 homeschool parents, fear not if you don’t have your kids’ days planned…