Patrick Kelly

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Columbia, South Carolina

Patrick Kelly is an AP U.S. Government teacher at Blythewood High School in Richland School District 2 outside of Columbia, South Carolina. Patrick is in his 12th year of teaching, and for the past nine years he has worked in a hybrid teaching position where, in addition to teaching classes, he serves as the lead teacher for a smaller learning community of approximately 25 teachers and 450 students.

In 2014, Patrick was selected as his school and district teacher of the year, and he was one of five finalists for South Carolina teacher of the year. Patrick is a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2015 he was selected as a Classroom Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education, and in 2016 he was selected as a Department of Education Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow.

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

If You Can Find a Budget for Arming Teachers, Then You Can Find Money for Teacher Training

This is not an article about how to stop gun violence in schools. Like most of America, my perspective has…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Finding the Right School for Your Kid Shouldn’t Be a Privilege

This is National School Choice Week, coming at a time when the concept of choice has become one of the…

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

Don’t Like ‘Take a Knee’? Take a Civics Class.

For the past month the news has been filled with a seemingly endless stream of topics that have sparked controversy…

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Don’t Let Teacher Leadership Become a Meaningless Buzzword

As we enter back-to-school season, I’m anticipating a heavy dose of talk about the importance of “lifting” the teaching profession.…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted June 6, 2017

He’s One of the Finest Educators I’ve Ever Seen in the Classroom and He’s Leaving

A few weeks ago, I received some of the hardest professional news I have ever received in my 12-year teaching…

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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