Topher Kandik

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Teacher

Washington, D.C.

Topher Kandik is the 2016 District of Columbia State Teacher of the Year and a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). He is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches high school English and creative writing at the SEED School of Washington, D.C., the nation’s first public, charter, college-preparatory boarding school.

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Posted May 30, 2019

Don’t Expect Results If You’re Selling Your Students Short With Old Strategies

I teach English Language Arts to high school students in Washington, D.C. All of my students are students of color.…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

Forget the White House, the Eagles Should Celebrate Black Lives Matter Week at My School

This week we don’t have the luxury of silence. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) at Schools Week of Action kicks…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted June 11, 2019
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By the End of My Third Year, I Was in Therapy. We Must Start Taking Teachers’ Emotional Health Seriously.

We all know the female elementary school teacher stereotype, perhaps best portrayed by the iconic Jessica Day from New Girl: bubby, cheerful, exquisitely put-together, good,…

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Posted June 11, 2019
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How Teachers and Families Can Help Students Build Reading Fluency Over the Summer

Summer is a time for trying new things. Summer can also be a time for falling backward on academic skills like reading fluency. Research shows…

By Cindy Jiban

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Posted June 12, 2019

When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference

I am living proof of the OneGoal motto: “College graduation. Period.” I’m a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) of Carbondale where I studied…

By Jawon Mayberry

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