Liz Riggs

Posted Apr. 29, 2016

Here’s How It Feels to Watch Your Students on #CollegeSigningDay

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a closet in my house when I stumbled upon a folder full of letters my students had…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

It’s Not About TFA, It’s About the Work and the People

Over seven years ago when I received my offer to join Teach For America in Nashville while sitting in the back of my creative writing…

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Posted Sep. 25, 2015

Does Teacher Professional Development Really Have to Be So Bad?

For children, the beginning of the school year typically means new teachers, new classmates and new lessons. For teachers, a new school year brings curriculum…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

3 Things This Back-to-School Season

As I reflect on the beginning of the school year, I think about the various experiences I’ve had that have shaped me as both a…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 27, 2015

Cut the Budget and You Cut Opportunities for Teachers and Communities

When I joined Teach For America (TFA) in 2009, I not only became a TFA corps member, I became a member of AmeriCorps as well.…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

3 Millennials Have A Conversation About This American Life’s Desegregation Episodes

By now, I’m sure you’ve either a) listened to the much-talked about This American Life two-part series on school integration or b) you’ve listened and…

By Makkah Ali, Ikhlas Saleem, Liz Riggs

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Posted Aug. 6, 2015

Third Year’s a Charm: Impressive Gains for Tennessee’s Achievement School District

Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) is showing that our students can rise to incredible challenges and expectations and prove what so many of us believe…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted June 17, 2015

She Didn’t Know It, But ‘Teaching Was the Path’

There is a growing group of Teach For America teachers that the organization calls second-generation corps members—incoming teachers who were taught by corps members themselves.…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted May 1, 2015

LEADing a Pivotal Moment

Today marks the second year that LEAD High School in Nashville, Tennessee has 100 percent of its 2015 graduating class celebrating their acceptances into four-year…

By Liz Riggs

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Posted Apr. 29, 2015

How Tennessee is Leading on Teacher Evaluation

As a former Tennessee teacher and current educator coach, I’m excited to see proof that the state’s new teacher evaluation system is working. Last week,…

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Posted Aug. 19, 2019

Here’s How Trump Is Making It Harder to Integrate Schools

This summer, integrated schools heated up as a campaign issue when Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden for his 1970s stance on mandated busing as…

By Miriam Rollin

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Posted Aug. 20, 2019

If We Care for Kids, We Can’t Shut Down Teachers Who Truly Want to Do Better by Them

This teacher said a thing and I thought all hell would break loose.  It happened last week when my 8 Black Hands crew recorded a…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 21, 2019

It’s OK, You Can Teach For America

In 2013, Sandra Korn, then a senior at Harvard and a contributor to the student newspaper The Crimson, wrote an article telling her peers “Don’t…

By Allie Donahue

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