Social Distancing

Posted Nov. 13, 2020

I Found Out One of My Students Tested Positive for COVID and My Heart Sank

I was so excited last week. Exhausted, like so many of us are, but just plain happy. As my students romped into my room, and…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Sep. 3, 2020

Mental Health Should Be a Top Priority at Schools This Fall

As COVID-19 disrupted school for children statewide, many educators were focused on maintaining academic progress. That’s certainly important. But in my experience, as a public…

By Aryn van Steijn

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Posted Aug. 26, 2020

Our School Already Started and It’s Not Like Anything I’ve Ever Seen

School buildings closed across the country last spring, and now, they are reopening. The reopening plans vary state to state, city to city, and from…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 25, 2020

Will We Still Fight for Racial Justice in Schools This Fall?

Parents, I can say with confidence the classrooms your children left in the spring will not be the same one they will return to this…

By Grace Harkins

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Posted Aug. 17, 2020

COVID Changed Everything About My Classroom

I cried as I set up my classroom this year. This was no dainty, politely fighting-back-tears kind of cry. It was a violent, sobbing, heaving…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 14, 2020

I Am a Teacher. Here’s What Scares Me Most About COVID-19

I’m afraid of COVID-19. So are you. And so is everyone else. Fear is the only rational response given the current pandemic. Yet fear can…

By Rich Ognibene

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Posted June 1, 2020

Home Was My Refuge, But Many LGBTQ+ Students Need More Support During This Pandemic

I was one of the lucky ones—gay kids, that is. My parents accepted me at an early age. On my 13th birthday, just as I…

By Nehemiah Frank

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Posted May 13, 2020

I Can’t Imagine Not Being Able to ‘Dap Up’ My Students Next School Year

Handshakes are a deeply ingrained part of our society, and they play an important role in daily life. Handshakes, or one of their various cultural…

By Mark Gudgel

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Posted Apr. 1, 2020

How ‘Social Distancing’ Is Changing the Way We View Schools

Paradoxically enough, as Washington, D.C., has slid from mass school closures into social distancing and working from home toward increasingly likely shelter-in-place, my neighborhood is…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Mar. 18, 2020

Communities Need Bold and Decisive Leaders Right Now

Tough times reveal all you need to know about the soul of good people. This is coming into focus for me as the nation buckles…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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