teacher appreciation

Posted Apr. 20, 2017
teachingnoteasy

My Name Is Tom. I’ve Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day.

The danger of pretending it’s easy, of pretending we have the right answers is that struggle too quickly feels like failure.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017
Andreaftd

How Growing Up on the Hospital’s Fifth Floor Prepared Me for College

It was not easy growing up in a hospital. I was born around the time when my 13-year-old brother was referred to Children’s Hospital Los…

By Andrea Ramirez

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017
viviana

From Being Told ‘I’m Just Not Smart Enough’ to Becoming a Student at Berkeley

“I could never make it there,” they said. “I am just not smart enough,” they explained. Those were some of the comments I received in…

By Viviana Martin-Gonzalez

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017
chawannaftd

My Eighth-Grade Teacher Said I Would Become a Teacher Like Her One Day and I Didn’t Believe Her

I can never pinpoint a single reason I chose teaching, but sometimes I wish I could. When I listen to fellow educators recount their stories,…

By Chawanna B. Chambers

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017
engineer

Not Everyone Believes a Girl Like Me Could Become an Engineer, But Mr. Bass Does

Starting my freshmen year of high school, I enrolled in my high school’s new engineering program. The program consisted of three courses taught over three…

By Suliyat Olagbenro

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Posted Feb. 28, 2017
PresidentKhan

#MyBlackHistory Call to Action: Give All Kids Access to Opportunities and Believe in Their Big Dreams

It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be. As I child, I dreamed of being Diana Ross, a doctor, an engineer, a business owner and a host of other things.…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
loveteaching

Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017
vesiaftd

#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 3, 2017
bernitamom

Veunita’s Coats of Many Colors: Remembering the Detroit Teacher Who Changed My Mother’s Life, #MyBlackHistory

I don’t know if she ever knew how much those two coats changed my mom’s life.…

By Bernita Bradley

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016
arne

Thank a Teacher: How Arne Duncan Found His Voice

Everybody has their inspiration. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told us about how he was inspired and challenged by his 10th-grade English teacher:…

By Matthew Fulle

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Posted Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
goinswithstudent

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
flschools

This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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