Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Teacher, Omaha Public Schools

Omaha, Nebraska

Maddie Fennell, NBCT, has been an elementary teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 27 years, teaching in first, fourth and sixth grades and mentoring her peers as a literacy coach. She was honored as the Nebraska Teacher of the Year in 2007. This year she is on special assignment to the National Education Association as a Teacher Fellow.

Prior to this position, Maddie completed a three-year assignment to the U.S. Department of Education as a Teacher Leader in Residence in the Office of the Secretary and as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow.

She is currently serving as Secretary of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and as a teacher representative on the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution Education Reimagined Project.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

How Unionizing Charter Schools Could Change the Game for Unions

I believe that charter schools should not be used as “safety nets” for problems in the current education system but as innovation labs that can feed and build the whole public school system. …

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016

Is Your Class Still Talking About the Election? Here Are 4 Tips to Make the Conversation Productive.

President-elect Trump. That’s our reality. I’m not going to talk to you about how we got here. Others have done…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 1, 2016

I Can Count on One Hand the Number of Teachers Whose Colleges Prepared Them

Almost 50 percent of teachers are not in the classroom after five years, and when you add those who get…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

Your White Teacher Is Woke

I’ve been an educator for 26 years. Over 95 percent of the children I’ve taught have been children of color.…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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