Nate Bowling

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Teacher

Tacoma, Washington

Nate Bowling is a high school government teacher in Tacoma, Washington, who was named the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. He is also a recipient of the 2014 Milken National Teaching Award and founding member of Teachers United.

In August 2017, he came together with more than 40 other African-American parents, students and teachers to talk about the Black experience in America’s public schools. These conversations were released as a video series in Getting Real About Education: A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About, Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself looking at your social media timeline recently and muttering “what in the…

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Posted June 11, 2018

I’ve Had 12 Students Tell Me They’re Homeless This Year

Every period, every day, I greet students at the door so I can have a pre-class check-in. I joke with…

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Posted Mar. 1, 2018

Students of Color Need to See More People of Color. That Shouldn’t Be Controversial.

I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Stop Berating Black and Brown Parents Over Charters (and Give Your Twitter Fingers a Rest)

I read too many education arguments for my own good. It’s a known issue in my household. The argument I…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

Why the Hell Didn’t Someone Put These Books in My Hand When I Was Younger?

I should read more than I do. Everyone should. I think we’d be better off as a nation and a…

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

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Posted Dec. 5, 2016

Four Educators, Three Days, 600 miles, One Mazda, Kids From Five Universities and Infinite Hugs

The Lincoln High School Alumni Support Tour was born from the struggles we saw in our first-generation college students. Over…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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