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Posted July 10, 2017

White Teachers, Here’s How to Handle Being Called Racist

It hurts to be called racist, especially when you feel like you’re trying super hard not to be racist.

It’s natural to be defensive. To cling to all the people of color who haven’t called you racist as evidence you must not be. You can call yourself the least racist person. But why? What does it do?…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 28, 2017

These Stories About Bad Principals Will Piss You Off and Then Hopefully Make You Want to Do Something About It

I’ve had bad principals. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a teacher who hasn’t. The job of a principal…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

I’m a Teacher of the Year and I Got Laid Off Because of Budget Cuts

I got my letter last week. My principal met me at my door. I knew it was coming. Still, it…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2017

Hey Principals, When You Lose Good Teachers, That’s on You

Principals, if you lose good teachers from your school at the end of this year, then you are screwing up. Principals,…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 17, 2017

Teaching Is About So Much More Than a Job. My Mom and Great-Grandma Taught Me That.

Tom Rademacher is one of the three founding teachers of #LoveTeaching week. For more information on #LoveTeaching, including ideas on…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017

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…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 26, 2016

VIDEO: Calling a Teacher a Leader Is Not Enough

The following was delivered as a speech to the Minneapolis Teach to Lead Summit. Video of the speech is included…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 3, 2015

If You Care About Kids, I Am With You

Last year, a guy moved in across the hall from me to teach physics (everyone’s favorite). He didn’t have a…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2015

Teacher of the Year: Why He Wanted to Quit, and Why He Didn’t

Every year, somewhere around this time, I decide to quit teaching. I get exhausted with teaching, with the adults I…

By Tom Rademacher

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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 school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Is Integration Your Silver Bullet? Time to Get Real.

Hey, guess what? That whole school reform thing? They’ve figured it out. That’s right, it turns out all students can achieve, excel academically and grow…

By Tanesha Peeples

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