Professional Development

Posted Aug. 18, 2021

Relationships Don’t Come Before Rigor, They Go Hand in Hand

I’m a sixth grade teacher grappling with the reality of teaching kids who may not have darkened a school door in over a year. Many…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

Teachers Can’t Expect to Be Held to the Whims of Every Parent

Should we teach about the Civil War anymore? This was a question I was asked by a concerned teacher who feared potential pushback from parents.…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

I Almost Left Teaching But Then I Remembered Why I Started

This past year, I came the closest I ever have to ending my teaching career — midyear. Between August and December, my second graders and…

By Kimberly Folkening

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Posted Aug. 5, 2021

Here’s How Houston Is Bringing More Men of Color Into Teaching

How many teachers in your K-12 experience do you feel truly impacted you? It’s a Saturday afternoon in early June, and urban education expert Kwame…

By Kate Stoltzfus

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Posted Aug. 3, 2021

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional intelligence. At the Housman Institute,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 2, 2021

Here’s Why One-Size-Fits-All Professional Development Is a Waste of Time

My mentor and friend Chris Stewart often asks the question, “How are the children?” This simple yet powerful question captures me. I did a little…

By David McGuire

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted July 26, 2021

We All Hate Professional Development, But Some of Y’all Need It

Teachers enjoy the summer break, too. However, depending on when school gets out, summer vacation may be winding down already. If that is the case…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted July 22, 2021

Rigorous Curriculum Matters More Than Ever. Here Are 3 Steps We Should Take Now.

When teachers welcomed their students on the first day of school last September, they never imagined ending the year on Zoom. Now, as the new…

By Candice McQueen

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Posted July 20, 2021

This Is Our Window of Opportunity to Create a Diverse Teacher Workforce

Racial segregation remains a major issue for American students more than 65 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of…

By Thomas Gold

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music and teaching music seriously. He…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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