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Why Studying Is So Hard, and What Teachers Can Do to Help, Edutopia, February 10, 2023

After Social Isolation, Preparing Our Youngest Students to Thrive, Edutopia, August 2022

My Autistic Son Didn’t Have A Prom Date. What His Brother Did Next Was Beautiful. HuffPost, June 2021

Awareness Weeks Are Fine but People With Disabilities Need a Lot More Than That, EdPost, April 13, 2021

McKenna: 7 Tips for Parents Who Want to Speak Out at School Board Meetings and Be Effective Advocates for Students, The 74, March 17, 2021

Are We Facing a Mental Health Crisis for Boys?, Edutopia, March 11, 2021

Occupational Therapy Shifts From Tactile to Digital, Edutopia, February 21, 2021

Why It’s So Hard to Report on Schools While Home-Schooling During a Pandemic, EWA, August 27, 2020

The Teaching That Works for Traumatized Students, The Atlantic, July 28, 2020

When schools close or go online, what happens to students with disabilities?, USA Today, March 23, 2020

Foundation Report Looks Back at 3 Years of Helping Charter School Operators Build, Find and Renovate Classroom Space for Their Students, The 74, February 11, 2020

OPINION: Marching band sets the right tempo for many special-needs kids, The Hechinger Report, January 13, 2020

Schools Have Lost $16B in Capital Funds Since the Great Recession. Those Buildings Are in Trouble — & That Means Problems for Students, The 74, October 28, 2019

OPINION: Out of necessity, I taught my son to choose a college for its value, not its prestige or vibe, The Hechinger Report, September 23, 2019

In the ‘Crazy, Complicated’ World of Special Education, Parents Turn to One Another for Help — on the Internet, The 74, August 19, 2019

Too Few Guidance Counselors, Too Little Information: Why Community College Might Be the Best Path for High School Graduates — But They’ll Never Know It, The 74, August 1, 2019

Personal Essay — No, My Son Isn’t Rude. He’s Autistic, And We’re All Doing The Best We Can., HuffPost and Yahoo, July 29, 2019

Opinion — McKenna: My Upscale NJ District Is a Pipeline to the Ivy League. So Why Do So Many Parents Suddenly Want Alternatives to a B.A.?, The 74, July 10, 2019

District 75: ‘The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love’: A former teacher revisits her roots in New York City’s District 75—a school system composed entirely of kids with severe disabilities, Edutopia, April 16, 2019

Opinion — Many Families Aren’t Sending Their Kids to Small Liberal Arts Colleges Anymore. Mine Isn’t, Either. Here’s Why, The 74, March 20, 2019

How Does a College Grad End Up at a For-Profit Technical School? It’s All About the Job Market — and the Value of a Bachelor’s Degree, The 74, January 9, 2019

74 Interview: Sen. Cory Booker on Teacher Quality, Celebrity Star Power, and Why His Newark School Reforms Were Actually a Success, The 74, September 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Senator Cory Booker Speaks Out About Newark School Reform, Equity, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Millions Ahead of a Possible Run for the Presidency, The 74, September 2018

The Long, Contentious History of the “Word Gap” Study, The Atlantic, June 2018

The First in Their Families, College Bound: Against the odds, seniors from this New York City school are attending and finishing college. Edutopia, April 9, 2018

Why Colleges Are Embracing the #NeverAgain Movement, The Atlantic, March 2018

How Hard Are Professors Actually Working, The Atlantic, February 2018

Why Students Are Still Paying So Much for College Textbooks, The Atlantic, January 2018

How Schools Are Bridging the Coding Gender Gap, Front and Central, January 2018

Will Letter Grades Survive, Edutopia, January 2018

The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent, The Atlantic, May 2017

High School Civics Is Cool Again, Discovery Eduction: Front and Central, Spring 2017

How Technology is Changing the Special Education Classroom, Discovery Education: Front and Central, Spring 2017

How a Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Special Education, The Atlantic, March 23, 2017

The New College Protest, The Atlantic, March 7, 2017

The Catholic Schools Saved by Vouchers, The Atlantic, February 16, 2017

Is the Bar Too Low for Special Education, The Atlantic, January 24, 2017

Parent Stories: When Your First School Choice Isn’t the Right One, Edutopia, December 14, 2016

How the GOP’s Sweep in the States Will Shape America’s Schools, The Atlantic, November 21, 2016

Networked: How Today’s Education Leaders Make Decisions, Edutopia, November 30, 2016

The Unnecessarily Mysterious Cost of College, The Atlantic, September 30, 2016

Notes: When Kids Choose to Sit Alone, The Atlantic, September 15, 2016

Notes: Making Schools ‘Humane’ for Everyone, The Atlantic, September 9, 2016

Notes: Less Silence about Silence, The Atlantic, September 6, 2016

When Kids Sit Alone, The Atlantic, September 2, 2016

Boosting Social Skills in Autistic Kids With Drama, The Atlantic, June 1, 2016

The Ever-Tightening Job Market for PhD’s, The Atlantic, April 21, 2016

The Madness of College Basketball Coaches’ Salaries, The Atlantic, March 24, 2016

Why Online Gradebooks Are Changing Education, The Atlantic, March 10, 2016

Should Professors Be Fired For Damaging a College’s Reputation, The Atlantic, Februrary 25, 2016

Could a State Takeover Help Chicago’s Struggling Schools?, The Atlantic, February 11, 2016

How Rich Parents Can Exasperate School Inequality, The Atlantic, January 28, 2016

The Hidden Hunger on the College Campus, The Atlantic, January 14, 2016

The Convoluted Profits of Academic Publishing, The Atlantic, December 17, 2016

The Globalization of American Colleges, The Atlantic, November 18, 2015

Sesame Street’s New Brand of Autism, The Atlantic, November 5, 2015

The New Common App?, The Atlantic, October 22, 2015

The Allure of the Out-of-State Student, The Atlantic, October 15, 2015

Why Don’t Suburbanites Like Charter Schools, The Atlantic, October 1, 2015

The College President-to-Adjunct Pay Ratio, The Atlantic, September 24, 2015

The Educational Bridge to Nowhere, The Atlantic, September 18, 2015

America’s Teaching Force by the Numbers, The Atlantic, September 10, 2015

Why Summer Vacations Should be Shorter, The Atlantic, September 3, 2015

The Cost of An Adjunct, The Atlantic, May 26, 2015

What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?, The Atlantic, April 9, 2015

The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors, The Atlantic, March 10, 2015

Suburbia and its Common Core Conspiracy Theories, The Atlantic, February 12, 2015

How To Create Autism-Friendly Schools, ParentMap, September 25, 2014

Our Public Schools Must be More Autism-Friendly. Here’s Where to Start, Pacific Standard, April 24, 2014

Why Do Different States Have Such Wildly Different Ideas About Government? Pacific Standard, Feb 7, 2014

Why Aren’t More Ph.D.s Teaching in Public Schools, The Atlantic, September 25, 2013

Does Obama’s Ambitious Universal Pre-K Program Stand a Chance?, Pacific Standard, June 21, 2013

The Worst Victimes of the Education Sequester: Special Needs Students and Poor Kids, March 18, 2013

After Newtown, I’m Reconsidering Give My Son ‘Halo 4’ For Christmas, The Atlantic, December 17, 2012

Extra Pay for Great Teachers: Newark’s Simple Idea Is a Breakthrough, The Atlantic, November 30, 2012

Can College Students Handle Their Own Finances, NPR, Oct. 16, 2012

The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Bad Student Debt? It’s Our Professors, The Atlantic, Oct. 10, 2012

Mommyblogging, Inc.: Why Women Rule the Social Web, The Atlantic, August 1, 2012

A Work-Life Balance Roadmap for the 99%, The Atlantic, June 26, 2012

The Economic Impact of Autism on Families, The Atlantic, May 31, 2012

50 Shades of Money, The Atlantic, May 31, 2012

How Good Parents and Good Intentions Lead to Dramatically Unequal Schools, The Atlantic, May 31, 2012

The Good News and The Bad News About Public Colleges, The Atlantic, May 24, 2012

Why School Integration Is So Hard, The Atlantic, May 21, 2012

The Big Idea That Can Revolutionize Higher Education: “MOOC”, The Atlantic, May 11, 2012

The Forgotten Student: Has Higher Education Stiffed Its Most Important Client, The Atlantic, April 5, 2012

Why Are Your Neighbors Just Like You?, The Atlantic, March 21, 2012

Pin Up: How Pinterest Hooks the Aspiration Housewife in Us All, GOOD, March 5, 2012

Explaining Annette Lareau, or Why Parenting Styles Insure Inequality, The Atlantic, Februrary 16, 2012

Can My Kid Still Get Treatment? Why Autism’s Definition Matters , The Atlantic, February 1, 2012

Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research, The Atlantic, January 20, 2012