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 Jan. 26, 2021

We Need To Know if the Biden Administration Is Really With and For Us

Before taking a much needed vacation at the end of last year, I wrote a piece talking about how education for Black kids cannot look…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 27, 2021

AOC Is Tutoring a First Grader

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is highlighting an old, but never out of fashion, kind of public service: Tutoring kids.  The second-term congresswoman tweeted that…

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Posted Jan. 26, 2021

Families Have School Options, We Just Don’t Spell Them Out in Plain English

Over my 15 years of working in education, I have grown to appreciate that parents are far more savvy, knowledgeable, and resourceful than policy wonks…

By Andrew Campanella

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