Classroom Culture

Posted May 15, 2017

Sometimes You Have to Face Politics in the Classroom, Even in Kindergarten

In the current political climate, emotions in America are high. Regardless of a community’s prevailing politics, teachers see these emotions play out in classrooms. This…

By Kevin Wood

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Posted May 11, 2017

Parents Are More Than Just an Extra Set of Hands, They Have the Power to Change a School’s Culture

On a recent rainy Saturday morning, just up the street from my daughter’s charter school, a small group of us moms gathered around a wooden…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

I Don’t Want My Students to Do Well, I Expect It

Students often arrive in my classroom believing the outside world expects them to fail. Through TV and other media, my students are constantly bombarded with…

By Tunji Adebayo

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

I Got Pregnant When I Was 18 and My Teachers Supported Me. Now I’m a Teacher, Too.

Sometimes, as a teacher of high school students, I need to remind myself of who I was as a high school student. If memory serves,…

By Lee Anne Hill

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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. 19, 2017

I Created a Lasting Bond With My Students and All It Took Was These 3 Little Things

It’s been almost three years since the last time my job title was classroom teacher, and I miss it terribly. Like many teachers, my students…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

My Eighth-Grade Teacher Said I Would Become a Teacher Like Her One Day and I Didn’t Believe Her

I can never pinpoint a single reason I chose teaching, but sometimes I wish I could. When I listen to fellow educators recount their stories,…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted Mar. 27, 2017

Critical Thinking Should Not Be a Luxury: 3 Strategies for Unleashing the Potential of Every Student

I read “The Scarlet Letter” in high school, and we sat in our rows and went through the same old exercises. We read it, summarized…

By Colin Seale

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Our Political Leaders Might Be Sleep But My Students Are Woke

Leaders within our new administration seem to be embracing a revisionist narrative of our country’s tortured history with race that is at best uninformed, and…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Mar. 2, 2017

Every Classroom Should Be a Safe Space for Students. That’s Why We Started Community Circles.

Increased raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and new orders from Homeland Security to deport millions of immigrants impact my classroom on a daily…

By Mark Gozonsky

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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