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Telling a Better Story with YES! Magazine

When Jing Fong of YES! Magazine asked IDEA if there was an emerging education story strong enough to dedicate an...

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Replicating Bright Spots from Vermont to NYC to Oregon

Whitney Grubbs was deputy advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber when she first learned of IDEA through one of our...

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Influencing the national conversation on education

Soon after the Chicago Teacher Union’s strike began in September 2012, IDEA Senior Fellow Sam Chaltain was asked to speak...

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Julian Bond: A Giant of Justice

Dear Friends,   As you may or may not have recently heard, yet another tall and strong tree has fallen in our civil and human rights forest, Mr. Julian Bond. We here at IDEA are sending our condolences to his...

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Sometimes the Smallest School Can Make the Hugest Difference in the Lives of Students

Far too often, many of us are caught in the belief that what makes a service or program valuable is if it serves a vast amount of people. That right there may be one of the leading symptoms of why...

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We who believe in Freedom Cannot Rest… there is still work to be done

Last week I was asked to help with a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School site visit in Neshoba County, MS. For those of you who don’t know the significance of freedom schooling and how it relates to democratic education,...

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Reflections: A Spring Type of Love

Reflections: A Spring Type of Love Spring has fully sprung in certain areas of the country. Despite the pollen, this is definitely one of my favorite seasons. One of the seasons I absolutely L-O-V-E. The type of love you feel in...

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February Reflections from an Oregon Learning Tour

                 Spring has fully sprung in certain areas of the country. Despite the pollen, this is definitely one of my favorite seasons. One of the seasons I absolutely L-O-V-E. The type of love...

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Learning about Democratic Education from Colombia

Last month the New York Times published an op-ed from David Kirp that opened many people's eyes to one of the most comprehensive examples of democratic education anywhere in the world: the Escuela Nueva model in Colombia. Across Colombia, 20,000...

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