Zachary Wright

Posted Sep. 7, 2018

Some Thoughts From a Teacher on What People Think About Teachers

Education Next’s recent poll offers a fascinating peek into what Americans think about a wide array of educational issues—teacher pay, school spending, immigration and school…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Aug. 23, 2018

First-Year Teaching Doesn’t Have to Be Terrible, Here Are Three Things That Can Help

My first year of teaching was exactly what I was told it would be: the single most difficult year of my life. Dread-filled mornings. Sleepless,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Yet Another White Family Leaves the City for the Suburbs

Well, we did it. Like millions of White, relatively affluent Americans before us, my wife and I moved with our two boys out of the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 30, 2018

When Students Aren’t Proficient in Reading or Math, It Isn’t a Shame, It’s Violence

I’ve written about teacher accountability before, but I recently read a few things that got me thinking. The first was a report out of Los…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted July 3, 2018

I’ll Celebrate the Fourth. Not for Who We Are. But for Who We Can Be.

I’ve never been the flag waving type. Patriotism, to me, was just one step down the road from nationalism, and my European-Jewish heritage knew enough…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 27, 2018

A Union That Has to Earn Its Members and Their Money Is a Union I Can Support

It’s been quite a few days for the Supreme Court. First, they sided with anti-abortion right advocates in NIFLA v. Becerra. Then they upheld Trump’s…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 30, 2018

It’s Easy to Fight Racism on Twitter, But What About in Your Own Living Room?

Roseanne got checked. She tweeted faster than she could think, and spoke what was truly in her heart. And the Twitter-sphere resounded. The Internet gave…

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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 Sep. 12, 2018

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead,…

By Charles Beavers

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