Zachary Wright 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zachary Wright is the 12th-grade world literature and AP Literature teacher at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus where he has been for the last eight years, having taught nearly every senior the school has ever had. Over his more than 10 years in Philadelphia classrooms, he was named Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2013 and has participated in the fight for equal education funding by testifying before Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission as well as in the state house rotunda in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

If You Really #LoveTeaching Then You’ll Admit It’s Hard as Hell

We’re halfway through the school year. Halfway through the essays, assignments and tests. Halfway through the assemblies. Halfway through the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 8, 2018

I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 2, 2018

I Can’t Be Yet Another White Teacher Who Doesn’t Get Black History Month

It shamed me to see the way so many White people honored Dr. King on MLK Day last month. For…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

We Should Support Schools That Work. It’s Really That Simple.

Politics makes strange bedfellows. As a liberal who is theoretically supportive of unions, public education, governmental social programs, and wary…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 16, 2018

Going Beyond MLK’s ‘Dream’ and Getting Uncomfortable in the Classroom

In third grade, I remember learning about Martin Luther King. We listened to his “I Have A Dream Speech.” We…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay a College Entrance Fee to Live the American Dream

I never thought about how my college was going to be paid for. None of my friends wondered about how…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Political Philosophy Isn’t Just for College Students, It’s Making My Students Stronger Readers

Alongside the whiteboard in the front of my 12th-grade English classroom in Philadelphia, there are sentence strips listing the names…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

I’m a Fierce Advocate for Educational Equity. And Then I Had My Own Kid.

For years, I have experienced the world of education through the role of a teacher. I’ve engaged in discussions about…

By Zachary Wright 

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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…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

No Thanks, Mr. President. I Will Never Carry a Gun to School.

President Trump, I heard about your offer to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. You even offered us training to be an expert in…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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