Sydney Chaffee

Posted June 6, 2018

What White Educators Can Do to Create Space for More Black Teachers

Last year, several of my talented, dedicated colleagues of color announced they were leaving our school, and the news hit some students hard. “Black teachers…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted May 8, 2018

I Just Traveled the Entire Country and Found One Thing We Teachers Can Agree On

A few weeks ago, I visited the classroom of Stefan Lawrence, a high school English teacher at Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia. Although I…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

The World Is Threatened by Our Students’ Voices and We Have to Teach Them to Be Brave

I talk a lot about how our students can change the world. And I mean it. Glance at the headlines any day this week, and…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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Posted May 30, 2017

This Teachers Union Might Have More in Common With President Trump Than They Think

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) recently rejected the opportunity to offer congratulations to the National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. Why? For the sole…

By Martha M. Walz

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Here Are Some Must-Reads From Educators Who Are Changing the Conversation

Over the past week, 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee has been in the media spotlight, sharing the recipe to her success with…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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