Elissa Good Smith

Guest Blogger

Teacher, Lyndonville Central School

Medina, New York

Elissa Good Smith teaches Spanish, communication and coordinates AVID at Lyndonville Central School. She is a doctoral candidate at Niagara University, and a New York Educator Voice Fellow with America Achieves.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2016

It Wasn’t Until I Got Laid Off That I Realized How Much I Loved Teaching

There are teachers who command a room. There are those who make teaching look easy with their seemingly effortless classroom…

By Elissa Good Smith

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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