Monica Washington

Guest Blogger

2014 Texas Teacher of the Year

Texarkana, Texas

Monica Washington is an instructional coach for BetterLesson. Previously, she taught English III and AP English III teacher at Texas High School in Texarkana where she served as department chair. She has been in education for 20 years and has taught grades 7-12. She has served as adjunct professor at LeMoyne-Owen College and Texarkana College.

Monica became Texas State Teacher of the Year in 2014, and she continues to travel the country speaking to teachers and advocating for the profession. She serves in the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. In addition, Monica is a 2015 Lowell Milken Center Fellow, and she will work with her students and the center to discover and honor unsung heroes. She is also a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. Monica is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in teacher leadership.

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Posted Sep. 20, 2019

Your Teacher Voice Is Strong. Use It.

Not everyone who talks about teacher voice really wants to hear it. Take a peek into many schools and this…

By Monica Washington

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Posted June 19, 2019
When They See Us

Ava Duvernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Is Unfolding Right in Our Schools

When you see them, they may be laughing, talking loudly, listening to music that is not your music. They may…

By Monica Washington

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Posted Jan. 25, 2019

Would We Advocate for Boys in Hoodies the Way We Advocate for Boys in MAGA Hats?

Educational empathy. That’s what guides me in my work with students. It’s the very foundation of my educational advocacy. “How…

By Monica Washington

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Posted Sep. 4, 2018

Start the School Year With Equity in Mind

I’ve always liked the beginning of the school year much more than I like the ending. There is a mad…

By Monica Washington

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Posted May 3, 2018

Hey Kanye, I’m an English Teacher But I’ve Got a History Lesson for You

Welcome to my class, Kanye. Before you arrived, I read this quote from you telling me that learning is important…

By Monica Washington

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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 Dec. 1, 2016

4 Things Every Teacher Should Do to Help Students Move Forward Post-Election

This election season was loud. It was polluted. It was a cacophony of sound that, despite all of our best…

By Brittny Ray-Crowell, Monica Washington

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Posted June 10, 2016

This Is Why Teachers Really Count Down to Summer Vacation

A couple months ago, I came across a meme that said “When teachers are already counting down to summer, it’s…

By Monica Washington

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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