Teacher Leaders

Posted June 7, 2019
Anna Baldwin leaning on a bookshelf

‘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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Posted May 8, 2019

We Can Do Better Than Just Thanking Teachers With Free Coffee and Donuts

One Teacher Appreciation Week years ago, we each remember being thrilled to find letters from our principal in our school mailboxes thanking us for all…

By Evan Stone, Sydney Morris

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Posted Oct. 26, 2018

No Teacher Should Be an Island

I didn’t quite understand what it meant to be an “island” until I started teaching eight years ago. For years, I was the only United…

By Maria Rives

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Posted Aug. 17, 2018

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It

I’ve always known the education system is a like a large, slow freighter. Teaching in a public school for two decades reveals to anyone that…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted Aug. 8, 2018

This School Year Let’s Treat Our Teachers Like Celebrities

My father was a high school teacher for 30 years. My earliest memories are of him returning home in the evening after a long day…

By Ryan E. Hill

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

We Can Make the First Year of Teaching Better. Here’s How.

When Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008, I was living in Chicago and working as a computer security engineer. After hearing Obama’s passionate…

By Raymond Steinmetz

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Posted May 4, 2018

It Takes a Good School Leader to Know When a Teacher Is Struggling

Last year I went from managing students in the classroom to managing adults. That shift was just as hard as the one from managing myself…

By Sean Healy

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Posted Apr. 12, 2018

Business Knows It, the Military Knows It and Now It’s Time We Know It in Education: Leadership Matters

We’ve seen it happen too many times to count. Every two to three years, state and district education chiefs across the country step down and,…

By Julia Rafal-Baer

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

I’m in Bangladesh Right Now to Help Students With Special Needs and I Won’t Come Back the Same Teacher I Was Before

I’ve been offered one of those life-changing opportunities where I know that the person who I was when I left won’t be the same person…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 19, 2019
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There’s a Difference Between a ‘Good’ School and Choosing Whiteness and Wealth

It’s nearly summer, and while for most that means the end of a school year, for many it also means transition. Preschoolers transition to kindergarten,…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 19, 2019

Just Like Emancipation, Quality Schools Are Being Delayed and Denied to Black Students

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” While many Americans are waiting with baited breath for July 4,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted June 18, 2019
Boy in front of school bus.

What It’s Like to Attend School in Rural America

On a rainy day in May of 2018, I toured a public school in northern Pennsylvania. Most of the students were eligible for free lunch.…

By Jennifer Wahl

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