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 May 8, 2018

So This Is What You Call ‘Teacher Appreciation’?

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day. But I have to admit it’s kind of a weird time to collect a free burrito…

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Posted May 4, 2018

It Would Be So Easy for Me to Stop Caring About Race. But Then That Would Be Stupid.

It would be so easy to stop caring about race. Yes, I can only say this because I’m White. Yes,…

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

Over the last few days, I’ve been tackling implicit bias with my eighth-graders. I mean, if Starbucks can shut down…

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

5 Ways We Teach Rape Culture in Schools

How do we teach sexual consent in schools? You’ll probably say, “Well, we don’t teach it,” which is mostly true.…

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not…

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Who Are We Really Protecting When We Keep Our Kids From ‘Dangerous’ Books?

It was Read Across America Week last week. Many schools celebrated with funky hats and pajama reading days and doing…

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I #LoveTeaching. I Just Hate February.

Many years ago, Charlie came up to me after class and handed me a small folded-up paper on their way…

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

Some Tips for a White Teacher Trying to Stop Being Racist

I’ve been working hard at anti-racist teaching for over a decade. I’ve learned some things. I see things I didn’t…

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Maybe We Should Stop Telling Kids to Be Quiet

A week ago, I sat with a group of students and asked them what the number one rule of the…

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017

I Shouldn’t Have to Go to a Conference of Black Male Educators to Realize How Essential They Are for Our Schools

For the first time in my life, I found myself in a room of hundreds of people, and there was…

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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