Heather Buskirk

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Teacher/Instructional Methods Advisor

Albany, New York

Heather Buskirk is an instructional methods advisor at K12 and a National Board-certified teacher with years of experience designing project-based learning. Buskirk was an integral part of designing and teaching at HFM PTECH, a project-based learning and career-focused, early college high school in New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics and her master’s in teaching with a physics certification from the University of Virginia.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2020

Project-Based Learning Can Show Students That What They Study Matters in the ‘Real World’

Both formal research and experience suggest that when students have fun, they are more likely to be engaged and retain…

By Heather Buskirk

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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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