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Sarah Gonser

Sarah Gonser is a contributing writer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and numerous other media outlets. Her first job in journalism was as the obituary writer for a California daily newspaper. She attended public elementary and middle school in French-speaking rural Switzerland where field trips consisted of hiking, or cross-country skiing, from dawn until dusk.

Recent Stories

In this 2013 photo, Shannan Van Houten, a physician assistant, gives medical care to a patient at Golden Valley Health Center, CareNow, in Modesto, California. Physician assistant is a fast-growing and well-paid profession that is expected to add an estimated 39,700 jobs over the next decade.

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

New Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows big employment gains in health care, social aid

Juan Belman, age 24, 2017 graduate of University of Texas at Austin.

STUDENT VOICES: DACA students worry about ‘really tough times’ ahead

‘We don’t know where our futures are going,’ as Washington debates whether to continue program for undocumented immigrant children

Third-grade campers spend the morning doing academic work; afternoons are reserved for enrichment classes like basketball, poetry, or drama.

A New Orleans summer teaching fellowship is wooing young black teachers — but is it enough?

In an effort to correct the post-Katrina mass hiring, and subsequent high turnover, of inexperienced white teachers, educators in New Orleans are exploring how to attract and retain black teachers

Why is it so hard to stop suspending kindergarteners?

Districts around the country are looking for ways to keep young children with behavior problems in class

Can private Pre-K for All providers survive in New York City?

As New York City continues to expand its nationally lauded free preschool program, private providers contend with high expectations and exacting requirements

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

As technology increasingly blurs the lines between how different students best learn, teachers face new demands

Are uncertified teachers better than substitutes?

Nevada’s emergency response to dire shortage tests how much preparation teachers need

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The dilemma of new reading standards meant to push kids to their limits

This may be the best way to train teachers, but can we afford it?

Despite great promise, Seattle Teacher Residency, known for its top-notch graduates, struggles to stay afloat