Seth Saavedra

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Blogger and Former Teacher

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Seth Saavedra is a New Mexican, born and raised. Fueled by his upbringing in public housing and public schools, he has an unwavering commitment to improving New Mexico’s public schools, particularly for those students and communities who are least served by the current system.

Seth was formerly a middle school teacher in Bridgeport, Connecticut, through Teach For America. He triple-majored in English, philosophy and economics at the University of New Mexico and went to Del Norte High School before that.

He’s a proud advocate, agitator, and alchemist. He’s a self-admitted green chile addict. He spends most of his time with family and meandering around New Mexico.

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Nov. 9, 2018

Coffee Break: New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year Jessica Sanders on What Brought Her to Teaching and Why She’s Staying

Once you become a Teacher of the Year, your life changes. I recently had a chance to talk with Jessica…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

I Dropped Out of the Same High School as My Dad. Now I’m Helping Kids Break That Cycle.

Halfway through my senior year of high school, I found I didn’t have enough credits to graduate on time. Between…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Apr. 3, 2018

This Is What a Movement to Improve Education for All Students Looks Like

I’ve struggled with a particular notion for many years: Do the education reform efforts of the last 25 years constitute…

By Seth Saavedra

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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