Talya Edlund

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Fifth-Grade Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Portland, Maine

Talya Edlund is a fifth-grade teacher in Portland, Maine. She has also served as a literacy interventionist, teacher leader and an English Language Learner instructor at Southern Maine Community College. Talya is the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, and serves as co-president of the Maine State Teachers of the Year Association.


Posted Mar. 12, 2018

My Students Are Asking for a Lot More Than Just Lockdown Drills

Seventeen years ago, I was a first-year teacher working alone in my classroom when a police officer came to my…

By Talya Edlund

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

Here’s How You Know When You Need to Check Your Microaggressions at the Front Door

If I had money to wager, I’d bet that if you’re a female teacher, this has happened to you. You’re in a meeting and you…

By Shanna Peeples

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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