Jessica Moore

Posted Mar. 4, 2016

John King Will Be a Secretary of Education Who Refuses to Make Children Wait for the Education They Deserve

According to John King, “the best ideas come from classrooms not from conference rooms.” I couldn’t agree more, nor could I be more confident in…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

Let’s Just Take a Deep Breath Before We Run Away From New Standardized Tests

After four years and hundreds of millions of federal Race to the Top dollars spent creating the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Jan. 19, 2016

This Is Not What Respect for the Teaching Profession Looks Like

As a teacher with lots of experience giving standardized tests, I recently took one myself: an administrative placement test here in Colorado, following a two-year…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Dec. 7, 2015

How This Teacher Used Google Docs to Improve Her Students’ Writing

All teachers are accustomed to receiving feedback. One suggestion I’ve been hearing more lately is to use more technology: try finding uses for the document…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

Bringing the Courage of a Dying Friend to Her Classroom

This was a hard Thanksgiving for me. Almost a year ago to the day, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Nov. 18, 2015

Can the Truth About Testing Set Us Free?

As a fifth-grade teacher, I know testing is an important way to find out if our kids are on track. But the results can be…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Sep. 17, 2015

Here’s One Thing We Did to Create Deeper Learning Opportunities for Our Students

When students return to school in the fall, they’re not the only ones starting over. As a teacher I think about what I might do differently,…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted July 6, 2015

The Places Kids Can Go, If Teachers Lead Them There

Many teachers I work with don’t know how to read for deeper analysis and meaning in text, an important skill we all need to learn.…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted June 18, 2015

Let’s Not Settle for ‘Good Enough’ Schools

“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted June 5, 2015

My High School Diploma Wasn’t What They Said It Was

The problem for far too many students in public schools around the country is that we have awarded them a diploma under false pretenses. A…

By Jessica Moore

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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