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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

History Is Not a Spectator Sport and It’s My Job to Engage My Students

In March 2007 I was finishing my second month of student teaching at Charters Valley High School in suburban Pittsburgh. I had completed drafting a…

By Joseph Welch

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Posted Nov. 9, 2018

Coffee Break: New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year Jessica Sanders on What Brought Her to Teaching and Why She’s Staying

Once you become a Teacher of the Year, your life changes. I recently had a chance to talk with Jessica Sanders on becoming the New…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Nov. 8, 2018

I Never Thought I Would See the Day I Defend Donald Trump But Here We Are

I stood up for the Trump guy. Life has a way of serving up some very surreal moments. Imagine, if you will, that you are…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

This Teacher Just Made History by Becoming Connecticut’s First Black Woman Elected to Congress

From the moment I first heard Jahana Hayes speak, I knew that she was special. Riding back from a track meet, I came across her…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 5, 2018

Those Teachers in Idaho Destroyed Any Trust Parents Had in Their Teachers

Will the parents of my Mexican students ever look at me the same after Halloween in Middleton, Idaho? On Friday, I had an awesome day…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Nov. 2, 2018

I’m Sick of Seeing Politicians Behave at Their Worst. This Is Why We Need to Teach Character Education in Schools.

Should we continue teaching character education? Stupid question, right? What well-meaning parent doesn’t want their child to learn “respect, justice, civic virtue, citizenship, and responsibility…

By Chris Holmes

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Posted Oct. 25, 2018

Forget About the Pipeline, School Discipline Is Already a Prison for Many Students

As I walked past the principal’s office, I could see that Jonah was sitting outside again, his small legs shaking nervously, his head hung low.…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Oct. 23, 2018

If You Really Want to Make America Great Again, Stop Ignoring Social Studies

It’s funny how a student can make you pause and think hard about something you teach. Recently, I didn’t just pause, I got smacked upside…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

Poor Kids Deserve Kickass Schools with Kickass Teachers, Too

As the Illinois Teacher of the Year, I meet fellow educators at events all the time. We exchange funny anecdotes about education in our respective…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

How Opening Up to My Colleagues Made Me Realize Social-Emotional Learning Isn’t Just For Students

Faculty meetings. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Earlier this year, I experienced an extraordinary faculty meeting at my elementary school,…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

We Don’t Need Saviors, We Need Leaders Who Are Ready to Form True Partnerships With Families and Communities

I’ve traveled a lot for work this year, and as I’ve gone from the mountains of Peru to the rural regions of Haiti to the…

By Kaya Henderson

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will translate into better learning for…

By Seth Saavedra

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