Curriculum

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 Feb. 28, 2019

It’s Going to Take More Than a Black History Month Report to See Racial Equity in Our Schools

Black History Month provides a calendar-driven chance for students and teachers to talk about Black History. But it can easily become a way of tokenizing…

By Kathleen Hayes, Lisa Vahey

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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 Nov. 15, 2018

How Kentucky’s Superintendent of the Year Got Autonomous Schools to Adopt the Same Curriculum

Understanding that the content we put in front of children matters, 50CAN, a nonprofit network of citizen advocates, recently held a session on the importance…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Nov. 12, 2018

How My School Blocked Me From Teaching ‘The Hate U Give’

While “The Hate U Give” is a best-selling book and top-rated film, I’m getting some real pushback from my administration about having my students read the…

By Vivett Dukes

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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 Aug. 17, 2018

Instead of School Supplies Give Parents a List of What Their Kids Need to Succeed

Last August I was visiting family in Oregon when I walked into a supermarket and by the front door saw a large sign that read…

By Samantha Brown Olivieri

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Posted July 5, 2018

Here’s Why It’s Hard for Schools to Pick Good Curricula

In a recent blog post, Michael Petrilli asked an excellent question wondering why more districts aren’t picking highly rated curricula. I’m glad Petrilli got hold of…

By Lynne Munson

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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 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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