Jillian Harkins

Guest Blogger

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 July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 20, 2021

This Is Our Window of Opportunity to Create a Diverse Teacher Workforce

Racial segregation remains a major issue for American students more than 65 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of…

By Thomas Gold

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Posted July 21, 2021

Counterstorytelling Is at the Heart of Anti-Racist Teaching

Counterstorytellling is so much more than just a tenant of critical race theory. It is at the heart of what we do as antiracist teachers.…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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