teacher effectiveness

Posted May 31, 2019

I’m a Better Educator Than I Was 11 Years Ago, But I Still Feel Like an Imposter

While attending a local charity event, it happened. It’s the moment every teacher dreads. It’s the unexpected scenario that stops us in our tracks as…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted May 7, 2019

Why We’re Struggling to Keep Teachers in Our Most Vulnerable Schools

A recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed truths that, while saddening, troubling and infuriating, were not exactly surprising. High teacher turnover hurts kids and…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 12, 2019

How Educators Can Keep Their Kids Stress-Free and Learning

Trauma is a silent, but very prevalent problem in the classrooms of today. In fact, recent reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

By Jori Hamilton

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Posted Apr. 9, 2019

I Didn’t Think Personalized Learning Would Be Right For My Classroom But I’m So Glad I Was Wrong

In my first year of teaching I had the opportunity to teach in a school that was piloting personalized learning. As I got more comfortable…

By Jeffrey Foster

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Posted Mar. 28, 2019

Betsy DeVos Wants Larger Class Sizes and Fewer Teachers

In our society, there are so many hot takes offered each day that it’s almost impossible for any single statement to cut through the clutter.…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Mar. 11, 2019

Yes, We Can Meet the Needs of Every Student in the Classroom Even When Their Needs Are So Different

Imagine teaching a classroom of 25 students. It’s an English class. You have to assign an essay based upon a grade-level text and are planning…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

When I Failed My Student, Restorative Justice Picked Us Up

During one of my daily writing warm-up exercises Alex, a sophomore in my remedial English class, decided to exercise his defiance by yelling, “Get off…

By Shannon Levitt

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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

Detroit Charter Leader Chanavia Patterson Knew Her School Had Improved When She Was Ready to Enroll Her Own Kids

Chanavia Patterson always knew she would become a teacher, but she didn’t know she would become an outstanding mentor, coach and principal. In 2013, she…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 28, 2019

It Is No More Progressive to Take Dollars From Teachers Union Lobbyists Than It Is to Take Dollars From the NRA

This is for my fellow progressives and Democrats. Beware those who lambaste charter schools in the name of “public education.” Beware those who decry “privatization.”…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 22, 2019

What I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Teaching

I am currently in my 12th year of teaching. I spent my first two years in The Bronx at P.S. 211 and have spent these…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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