Amanda Barney

Guest Blogger

High School Teacher

Mattituck, New York

Amanda Barney is a lifelong resident of Mattituck, New York, and is a high school English teacher and New York Educator Voice Fellow with America Achieves and mother of three children.

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Posted Nov. 24, 2015

Now’s Our Chance: I’m Telling New York’s Education Chief That I Support the State’s Academic Standards

In the past four years, teachers have invested incredible amounts of time and effort into learning how to shift our…

By Amanda Barney

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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