Sandy Hook

Posted Dec. 22, 2021

We Need To Stop Playing Games With Young People’s Lives

I am a member of the first generation of students to grow up in a learning environment where we were taught how to protect ourselves…

By Lucy Goebel

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Posted Dec. 8, 2021

We Send Our Kids to School Knowing There’s a Chance They’ll Be Murdered in Their Classrooms

I was lying on the floor in the hallway scrolling through my phone waiting for my youngest child to fall asleep when I saw that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Jan. 29, 2021

Trust Me, You Do Not Want Marjorie Taylor Greene on the Education Committee

From insurrection to impeachment to inauguration—January has been quite a month for current events! And maybe you thought you could safely tune out of politics—at…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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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 Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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