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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 July 31, 2017

It Might Sound Odd But Here’s How My Anxiety Helped Me Be a Better Teacher

My teaching and my anxiety are each really hard to talk about without talking about the other. Each has informed the other, has helped and…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 10, 2017

24 Teachers of the Year Tell Policymakers What It’s Really Like to Be a Teacher

Several years ago, I was part a group of teachers who met with our state senator, Donald Williams, to discuss pressing educational issues in Connecticut.…

By David Bosso

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Posted May 2, 2017

Want to Know If the New Standardized Tests Are Working? Ask the Students.

Few could deny the need for assessments in education. States use them for funding and accountability. Districts and parents use them for comparison. Administrators use…

By Allan Bruner

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016

Is Your Class Still Talking About the Election? Here Are 4 Tips to Make the Conversation Productive.

President-elect Trump. That’s our reality. I’m not going to talk to you about how we got here. Others have done plenty of that since the…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

Your White Teacher Is Woke

I’ve been an educator for 26 years. Over 95 percent of the children I’ve taught have been children of color. I’ve worked very hard to…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted July 12, 2016

Teens Talk About Racism

Martina, a high school sophomore, told her teacher she was nervous about talking with students from other schools about race. As she boarded the yellow…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Apr. 27, 2016

Using Technology to Break Down Language Barriers in the Classroom

Teachers have heard the phrase “I don’t know?” in almost every language. Still, they take on a different meaning when the words come from a student really struggling to learn English. We see the frustration in their eyes when our English learners can’t communicate with peers and participate fully in class.…

By Sarah Loomis

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Start Listening to Teachers

Even in the middle of a cornfield, not a hotbed of discussion about education policy, you can find the results of those policies. As unlikely…

By Karen Van Duyn

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Posted Mar. 23, 2016

Coffee Break: Alabama Teacher of the Year on the Importance of ‘Schooling’ Legislators and Challenging Students

National Public Radio recently featured Jennifer Brown’s 10th-grade science classroom for a lesson that was focused not on students, but on lawmakers. The Alabama Teacher of…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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