Nate Bowling

Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Dec. 5, 2016

Four Educators, Three Days, 600 miles, One Mazda, Kids From Five Universities and Infinite Hugs

The Lincoln High School Alumni Support Tour was born from the struggles we saw in our first-generation college students. Over the last decade we’ve built…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Aug. 23, 2016

Bill Gates Talks to Washington State Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling About ‘Nerd Farming’

Earlier this year, Beyoncé dropped a surprise video, “Formation,” a bold declaration of pride, of outrage, and of ambition, especially when she sang, “I just…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Mar. 11, 2016

What We Know: Our Students’ Ability to Achieve is Only Limited by Our Own Investment in Their Success

Nate Bowling is the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Washington state and he uses his platform to write about what he sees and what he knows about educating kids well. In his most recent piece, he reminds us that student potential is really only limited by the investment, or lack thereof, by the adults. They are literate, but the ways in which they are literate aren’t measurable by our assessments. There’s an academic vocabulary gap, not and…

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Posted Jan. 25, 2016

The Conversation This Teacher of the Year Is Tired of Not Having

Nate Bowling is not only the 2016 Teacher of the Year for the state of Washington but he's also one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. He has written a piece for his blog, A Teacher's Evolving Mind, that will stop you in your tracks because of how painfully true it is. The Conversation I'm Tired of Not Having is a must-read. Ask yourself, would suburban schools ever be allowed to decay like what we saw in Detroit? Nope.…

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

A Teacher’s Take on Charter Schools in Washington State

Tacoma teacher Nate Bowling, who teaches in a traditional public school and is “agnostic” on charters, nevertheless laments the Washington Supreme Court’s decision finding charter schools in violation of the state constitution. He also wonders why the national outrage over the decision is not matched by outrage over under-funding of schools. There are no winners when adults behave poorly over issues that impact children: It is tough…

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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