Jillian Harkins

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Teacher, Bassick High School

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Jillian Harkins is an English teacher at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a member of Teach For America and Educators 4 Excellence.

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Posted May 18, 2016

Real Teacher Appreciation Is More Than Tokens, Hugs and Free Coffee

I’ve always found “appreciation weeks” for nurses, salesmen and teachers to be a strange concept. Isn’t appreciation something that should…

By Jillian Harkins

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Posted Feb. 18, 2016

I Had to Admit My Own Racial Prejudice to Become a Better Teacher

I had never been so acutely aware of the color of my white skin until the day I stood in…

By Jillian Harkins

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

Inside the Decade-Long Plan to Recruit, Hire and Retain 9,000 Black Educators Across the Country

Across the entire United States, there aren’t nearly enough Black teachers inside classrooms.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 7% of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 3, 2021

Biden Is Right, We Need Kids to Go Back to School But Not Like Before

On March 13, 2020, when Governor Newsom shut down schools in California including in LAUSD where my son is now a senior, I held my…

By Anya Grottel-Brown

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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