Maddie Fennell, NBCT

Guest Blogger

Teacher, Omaha Public Schools

Omaha, Nebraska

Maddie Fennell, NBCT, has been an elementary teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 27 years, teaching in first, fourth and sixth grades and mentoring her peers as a literacy coach. She was honored as the Nebraska Teacher of the Year in 2007. This year she is on special assignment to the National Education Association as a Teacher Fellow.

Prior to this position, Maddie completed a three-year assignment to the U.S. Department of Education as a Teacher Leader in Residence in the Office of the Secretary and as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow.

She is currently serving as Secretary of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and as a teacher representative on the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution Education Reimagined Project.

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

Our Country’s Addiction to Guns Is Endangering the Lives of Our Students

On March 14, students across the country will walk out of school to demand action on gun violence. They are…

By Justin Minkel, Marguerite Izzo, Shanna Peeples, Sean McComb, Joan Hurley, Megan Allen, Mary Schlieder, Terry Kaldhusdal, Rich Ognibene, Maddie Fennell, NBCT, Monica Washington

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

How Unionizing Charter Schools Could Change the Game for Unions

I believe that charter schools should not be used as “safety nets” for problems in the current education system but as innovation labs that can feed and build the whole public school system. …

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016

Is Your Class Still Talking About the Election? Here Are 4 Tips to Make the Conversation Productive.

President-elect Trump. That’s our reality. I’m not going to talk to you about how we got here. Others have done…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 1, 2016

I Can Count on One Hand the Number of Teachers Whose Colleges Prepared Them

Almost 50 percent of teachers are not in the classroom after five years, and when you add those who get…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Aug. 8, 2016

Your White Teacher Is Woke

I’ve been an educator for 26 years. Over 95 percent of the children I’ve taught have been children of color.…

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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