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We have had the opportunity to join together, share ideas and offer ideals which will change the focus of education to be teacher driven. Three years from now VIVA will continue to be a respected voice in education reform nationwide. — Kathy Sullivan, Teacher, MTA: Gateway Communities

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Let’s Fix Inequality in Public Education

By Allan Fluharty A central tenant of education is to prepare students to participate in a democratic society. We want them to value a diversity of thought and culture, as well as a commitment to equity and justice. Unfortunately, I do not see equality and justice in public education in Illinois on several levels. Families […]


Design for Safety

By Mark Anderson We talk a lot about the physical design of schools on this blog, as we know that the physical environment can have a great impact on learning. In this article on CNN from Paul Caron from last year on designing schools for safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, here’s some principles of […]


Small Steps Will Save Kids Lives

By Katherine Doerr Morosky December 14, 2012, is in my, and perhaps all of America’s, pantheon of “days that will live in infamy”. Almost every moment of that day — when 20 of my daughter’s peers and seven of her teachers’ colleagues were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, one mile from our home — […]

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VIVA Teacher Speaks Out on Chicago Teachers Union’s Common Core Vote

Freeda Pirillis, a first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, was a member of the very first VIVA Idea Exchange, Voices from the Classroom. For the last three years, she has been working with the Chicago Teachers Union to develop Common Core curricula. As she describes in this story on Chicago Public Radio, she was […]

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Marshall Middle School teacher delves into world of public policy

By Chuck Carlson It started with an email. Where it ends? Even Lesley Hagelgans isn’t quite sure. But the Marshall Middle School eighth grade teacher does know this: She’s going to enjoy the ride and do what she can to help change the dialogue and, perhaps, the direction of public education. “I’m a teacher, a […]

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