Tom Rademacher

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Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tom Rademacher (Mr. Rad to his students) is an English teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2014 he was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He teaches writing and writes about teaching on his blog.

His book, published by University of Minnesota Press, is called “IT WON’T BE EASY: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching,” and you can order it now.

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Posted Jan. 11, 2019

How Anti-Blackness Can Show Up in Our Teaching and We Don’t Even Recognize It

Just before winter break, my various timelines were awash with pictures of a young man forced to have his hair…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those days. After writing a whole post about how nice my room…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2018

Kassie Benjamin’s the Kind of Math Teacher Who Sticks With You Long After You Leave Her Classroom

Here in Minneapolis, the word around town is that South High was designed by a guy who had spent his…

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Posted Oct. 29, 2018

The Country Is Massively Polarized But Our Classrooms Don’t Have to Be

I am heartbroken at us. I am heartbroken at what we, as a country, have proven to be. I am…

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Posted Oct. 1, 2018

Before I Come to Your Classroom, Let Me Show You Mine

Hi. I’m going to spend the rest of the year traveling to classrooms all over the country and talking about…

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons,…

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

To Future White Teachers, Here’s a Resource Guide So You Don’t Have to Ask Your Co-Workers to Explain Racism

Yes, I’m addressing you directly as White teachers. That may feel uncomfortable. You’re going to have to get over that,…

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Posted July 16, 2018

I Want So Badly to Be an Anti-Racist Ally and Yet I Still Mess Up Sometimes

“Dear @MrTomRad, we have a lot of common peeps and I respect your work. While I can appreciate what you’re…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 10, 2018

That’s Right, Kids, We’ve Totally Ruined the Country. Consider It a Gift.

This post generated a lot of thoughtful responses to which the author has written a reflection reconsidering his approach to…

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Posted June 27, 2018

The Necessary Work of Teachers Unions Just Got a Lot Harder

By all accounts, it’s about to be a lot harder for unions to do the work they do, starting tomorrow.…

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Posted Jan. 10, 2019

Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by…

By Kate Hardiman

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Posted Jan. 7, 2019

XQ’s 19th Super School Is an Oakland Diverse-by-Design Charter High School Founded by a Local Teacher

Today, Latitude High School becomes the 19th XQ Super School, and receives a five-year, $10 million grant to further its innovative work deepening students’ connections…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 8, 2019

My Student Asked Me If I Was Racist So I Told the Truth and Said Yes

“Mr. Wright, are you racist?” My West Philadelphia classroom, which had been filled with the sounds of shuffling papers, squeaking chairs, and the quintessential high-paced…

By Zachary Wright 

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