Brett Bigham

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Portland, Oregon

Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. He is the only Oregon special education teacher to be named Teacher of the Year and to win the NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence.

He is the creator of Ability Guidebooks, a series of support books for people with autism that give step-by-step directions how to visit cultural landmarks and social events. The books are currently available in 10 countries and four languages. He is president of ORSTOY, the Oregon chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and serves on the boards of Oregon Safe Schools and Clubfunder.Org.

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Posted Feb. 15, 2019

Here’s Why I’ve Joined Teachers Calling For an End to Detaining Children at Our Border

From the deepest core of my being, I am a teacher against child detention. To choose to separate children from…

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Posted Jan. 22, 2019

We Have to Treat Every Student Like They’re Our Own, That Includes Transgender Students

Our job is about a promise to every parent who leaves their child with us. We promise to watch over…

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Posted Dec. 17, 2018

Yes, I’ve Been Hit by Students, But I Still Believe Suspensions and Expulsions Are Not the Answer

Betsy DeVos wants to end the Obama-era discipline guidance that addresses the over-suspension and expulsion of students of color. Betsy…

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

I’m a Teacher Not a Boxer, and I’m Tired of Being Beat Up by My Students

I had a job interview recently in special education. Even though I am pretty well known for my work with older students I was interviewing for a K-2 special education classroom. There are lots of reasons for the change but there is one reason I have kept to myself. I’m kind of ashamed to say it.…

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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…

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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,…

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Here’s How We’re Making Halloween Work for All Our Students

There is a schism in U.S. education. I’m not talking about Common Core or the latest state tests. I’m talking…

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Posted July 10, 2018

I Thought I Knew How to Support Students of Color Until I Learned This

A few months into my time as Oregon’s Teacher of the Year I was asked to speak to the largest…

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Posted June 8, 2018

Maybe My Friend Mark Wouldn’t Have Committed Suicide If Someone Had Shown Him That Gay Kids Have Futures

When Education Post asked me to write something for Pride I had to sit down and think. And think. Then…

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Posted Apr. 13, 2018

These Military Kids Wrote Really Cute Letters to Deployed Marines

Military kids have a different view of the world than most American children. As they bounce from station to station,…

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Posted Feb. 13, 2019

Before Trump Jr. Calls Me a ‘Loser Teacher,’ How About He Steps Inside My Classroom?

It was in my junior English III class during third period when I observed two junior girls, on fundamentally opposite sides of the political aisle,…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 14, 2019

This New Report Shows How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together

As a parent, I want my children to love learning and succeed academically. But even though I work full-time in education, I don’t always feel…

By Jason Zimba

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Posted Feb. 14, 2019

Black Lives Matter in Schools This Month and Every Damn Month

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, I had the honor of speaking at the Black Lives Matter in Schools Week of Action rally. The audience was…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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