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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Once You’ve Got a Seat at the Table, You Need to Have the Tough Conversations

During my time in school, I only had two Black teachers and they were both female, one in the fifth grade and the other in…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

Why the Hell Didn’t Someone Put These Books in My Hand When I Was Younger?

I should read more than I do. Everyone should. I think we’d be better off as a nation and a species if we all read…

By Nate Bowling

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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