Teacher of the Year

Posted Oct. 26, 2017

You Can Be Teacher of the Year and Still Get Fired for Being Gay

I feel I’m way too young to say I have a place in history, but it is LGBT History Month and I am staking claim.…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Here’s Everything You Should Do for LGBT History Month in Your Classroom

On Columbus Day weekend in 1987, I ventured to Washington, D.C. for an event that would forever change my life: the March on Washington for…

By Rich Ognibene

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

Sometimes You Gotta Check Your Teacher Friends on Their Social Justice Activism

One late Sunday evening, I was scrolling through Facebook and decided to check on one of my friends and former colleagues. I went to his…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

Want to Know How to Get Minorities Into Teaching? Just Ask the Students.

I remembered Oscar from the previous year when he was a sixth-grade student assigned to the other sixth-grade social studies teacher. He was quiet when…

By Elsie Owolo

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn’t Even Know It

I was a racist teacher and I didn’t recognize it. At the time that I taught, I would have argued that I was the opposite.…

By Laurie Calvert

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Don’t Let Teacher Leadership Become a Meaningless Buzzword

As we enter back-to-school season, I’m anticipating a heavy dose of talk about the importance of “lifting” the teaching profession. I frequently heard talking points…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

To All of the Educators, Love Not Money Will Close the Gap

I grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio. During my time in middle school, we did not have books or resources…

By Kelisa Wing

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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 July 25, 2017

I Did Not Want to Read Tom Rademacher’s Book, But Then I Picked It Up and Couldn’t Stop

At the advanced age of 20, I thought I knew what I liked in literature. It turns out, I was wrong. I’m not as passionate…

By Kerry Cunningham

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Posted July 24, 2017

No One Wants a Robot for a Teacher. We Have to Be Real With Our Students.

Yesterday, I was talking to a group of incoming teachers. During our conversations, I heard a piece of advice given that I hadn’t heard since…

By Tom Rademacher

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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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