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Posted Dec. 19, 2018

Strong Student Relationships Aren’t Just Beneficial, They’re Essential

As educators, we have each had the pleasure of teaching at least one “challenging” student. Some of us have had the privilege of educating the…

By Danielle E. Urowsky

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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 the things we are doing…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

This Black History Month Teach Your Students About African-Americans in the Military

To be a leader means you’re always prepared for the inevitable battle that is to come. Every Black History Month, we learn about the leaders…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Feb. 2, 2018

Helping Students With College Essays Shouldn’t Cost Parents an Arm and a Leg

Anyone who has worked in a school can tell you that students can be tonic for the soul. Without realizing they are doing it, they…

By Erika Sanzi

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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 school was. Without hesitation, they…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Dec. 22, 2017

Political Philosophy Isn’t Just for College Students, It’s Making My Students Stronger Readers

Alongside the whiteboard in the front of my 12th-grade English classroom in Philadelphia, there are sentence strips listing the names of the authors we have…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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Posted Oct. 27, 2017

The Story You Haven’t Heard About Why They’re Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Mississippi

I’ll admit it. When I first heard of the Biloxi, Mississippi junior high school board’s decision to stop teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird,” my first…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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