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One of
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True Education
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A Conversation
With Dr. Walt Griffin
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Oh, What Times
We Live In
By Stuart Udell
The Greatest Reset
By Janis Effner
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

— Charles Dickens,
“A Tale of Two Cities”

Oh,
What Times
We Live In
By Stuart Udell
Oh,
What Times
We Live In
By Stuart Udell
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

— Charles Dickens,
“A Tale of Two Cities”

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cannot remember a more exciting time to be in education. I make this statement in the shadow of the pandemic and during a time of some well-publicized challenges in our nation’s equity. So, why do I say this now?

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When Students Write the Story, Equity Comes to Life
By Kevin Baird
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quity is an easy word to say, a harder concept to achieve. Recently, I had the honor of speaking with educators and parents whose students had taken part in our contest to “Write the Final Episode” of the middle grades’ fiction series “Ben and Ruby: The Final Faceoff.” Each of them told their story of putting equity into action.

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The Greatest Reset
By Janis Effner
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t this very moment, changes are happening. There are murmurings of expected worldwide shifts that will bring an end to many current ways of living. Have you read about these impending changes? Predictions about what tomorrow will bring can be both exciting and unsettling. The future will inevitably bring change. Are you experiencing conflicting feelings about what tomorrow will bring? The unknown can be overwhelming.

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One of America’s True Education Heroes:
A Conversation With
Dr. Walt Griffin
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or over 37 years, Dr. Walt Griffin has dedicated his professional life to Seminole County Public Schools in Florida. From math teacher to superintendent, Dr. Griffin climbed the rungs of success at SCPS, always giving and always making a difference. Achieve Magazine caught up with the superintendent as he prepares for retirement, to get his views on life, the pandemic, longevity in a career, and more. Enjoy this conversation with one of America’s true education heroes.

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he tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among others, had a profound effect on everyone in America. Achieve3000 has used those tragic events as a clarion call to rededicate itself to promoting respect, unity, diversity, equity, and social justice.
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or 30 years, The Immokalee Foundation has been serving the children of Immokalee, Florida — one of the nation’s largest migrant communities. The Foundation’s after-school program empowers students and changes lives in its design. With a focus on education and development of life skills, it offers students the resources and support they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

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Thinking in Terms of Opportunity, Not Recovery
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et us suppose you have lived in a house for some time, say a decade. While you are away on vacation, a violent derecho pulverizes the place. You have terrific insurance, so everything will be paid for. You can focus on creating everything exactly as it was, or ask yourself, “Why don’t we take this disaster as an opportunity to make some changes? We’ve always wanted to have more windows in the living room, fewer walls so things weren’t so confined, and … ”

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An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy
By Dr. Gholdy Muhammad
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hen you study the reading sciences and how schools traditionally teach curriculum, skill development is the primary connection. But teaching culturally and historically responsive literacy means going deeper than simply cultivating skills. Literacy has to be connected to action. What is the point of students learning new things in your classroom if they do not go and create social change and action in communities?

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t was 100 years ago when candidate Warren G. Harding entered the 1920 presidential campaign with his slogan, “Return to Normalcy.” It evoked visions of a simpler time, before World War One, the Red Scare and the Spanish Flu.

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t was 100 years ago when candidate Warren G. Harding entered the 1920 presidential campaign with his slogan, “Return to Normalcy.” It evoked visions of a simpler time, before World War One, the Red Scare and the Spanish Flu.

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