Sandy Hook

Posted Oct. 23, 2018

I’m a Mom and a Teacher and I’m Running for Office Because We Need Voices Like Mine

This is my living room—organized chaos. You’ll note the toys I haven’t had time to put away and my 4-year-old son’s precious artwork on the…

By Shanna Danielson

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Posted May 23, 2018

Meet the Student Activists Fighting Against Gun Violence

They’ve been all over the news since February, walking out of class, marching for their lives in the streets and dunking on the president of…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

If You Give White Teachers Guns, I’m Pulling My Black Son out of School

On December 14, 2012, a shooter walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children and six adults. My firstborn son was…

By Danielle Slaughter

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Posted Mar. 12, 2018

My Students Are Asking for a Lot More Than Just Lockdown Drills

Seventeen years ago, I was a first-year teacher working alone in my classroom when a police officer came to my door. He told me to…

By Talya Edlund

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

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 Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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