Josh Parker

Guest Blogger

Compliance Specialist, Office of Title I Baltimore County Public Scools

Baltimore, Maryland

Joshua Parker is the 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year. He serves the students and teachers of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School (Washington, D.C. Public Schools) as an Instructional Coach.

Mr. Parker is a career changer, having started off as a sports producer for Fox 45 of Baltimore before beginning his career in education. In the decade that followed, Mr. Parker has held various leadership positions from K-12 and higher education.

Most recently, he completed a fellowship to Brazil as a Pearson Global Fellow in 2013. Mr. Parker is the first African-American male educator from Baltimore County to win the state award and keeps a blog on education and society at www.jpmusings83.blogspot.com.

Josh lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, with his wife, Tiffany and two children, Laila and Joshua.

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Posted Sep. 14, 2017

When ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough at All for Our Students of Color

But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the…

By Josh Parker

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Posted June 15, 2016

VIDEO: The Danger of a Single Story and How Common Core Can Help

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s seminal TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story, she argues against using one anecdote to…

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Posted June 18, 2015

Don’t Fall Into the Summer Slide: A Teacher’s Tips for Summer Learning

In the summer of 2011, the National Basketball Association entered their fourth lockout in league history. The players union and…

By Josh Parker

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Posted June 1, 2015

It Wasn’t Common Core or More Money—Here’s How I Learned to Truly Value My Students

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my…

By Josh Parker

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