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Posted Apr. 23, 2019

Teaching Our Students to Save the Planet May Be the Most Important Lesson We Can Teach

Miko Vergun, 17, lives in the Portland, Oregon suburb of Beaverton. She fears she may never be able to visit her native Marshall Islands in…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

New to Teaching? These 4 Tips Will Improve Your Classroom

I’m still less than a year into my new role as a teacher coach specializing in supporting first-year teachers, but here are four things that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 21, 2019

I #LoveTeaching Because I Craft Tomorrow’s Heroes, Today

A few years ago, I asked one of my students, JC, why he kept working through the difficulties of creating experiences for a holographic headset,…

By Sean Wybrant

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Posted Feb. 21, 2019

I #LoveTeaching Because I Help Connect My Students to Worlds Outside the Classroom

In just a few minutes over my lunch break this past week, a group of 12-year old girls affirmed exactly why I #LoveTeaching! It all…

By Kelly Elder

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Posted Feb. 20, 2019

The Best Part of Teaching Is When You Succeed in Engaging Your Students’ Mind, Body and Spirit

My favorite book in the world is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and it is special for me to share that book with my students. They…

By Erin Fox

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Posted Jan. 7, 2019

Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework, They Just Need to Make It Better

School districts around the country are doing away with homework, according to the latest education headlines. But research clearly shows that the solution to homework…

By Neil T. Heffernan

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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

How We Build a Pipeline of Teachers That Know How to Talk About Race and Social Justice

Nearly 60 years ago, our nation’s students watched as leaders of the civil rights movement pushed back against entrenched Jim Crow laws and re-defined American…

By Joanna Williams

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Posted Nov. 20, 2018

Poor Curriculum Is a Recipe for Disaster, Here’s How Schools Can Help Teachers Find and Use High-Quality Materials

Lately, I’ve seen a meme that keeps popping up on social media: “Telling a teacher to use a boxed curriculum is like forcing a chef…

By Kari Patrick

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Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Here’s How We’re Making Halloween Work for All Our Students

There is a schism in U.S. education. I’m not talking about Common Core or the latest state tests. I’m talking about Halloween. Halloween. The word…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Oct. 26, 2018

No Teacher Should Be an Island

I didn’t quite understand what it meant to be an “island” until I started teaching eight years ago. For years, I was the only United…

By Maria Rives

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
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What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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