Melody Arabo

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Michigan Teacher of the Year 2014

Walled Lake, Michigan

Melody Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum, both from Michigan State University.

She has been married for 13 years and has three children—an eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old twin boys. In 2008, she was named Keith Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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Posted Feb. 9, 2015

A Teacher Gets Honest About Common Core: ‘Standing Still Will Never Get Us Anywhere’

No one can argue the value of higher standards. Who wouldn’t want kids to be college-and career-ready? Thus, I have…

By Melody Arabo

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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