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 Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper “The Crimson,” wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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