Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Guest Blogger

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
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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
election-conversations

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
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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
woke

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 Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
loveteaching

Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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