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Posted May 6, 2021

For Teacher Appreciation Week, Let’s Give Teachers Something They Really Want

I wanted to write the standard feel-good piece for Teacher Appreciation Week. I really did, but it just felt inauthentic. Don’t get me wrong. I…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Apr. 27, 2021

A Teacher’s Power to Stop Violence Is Rooted in Relationships

During my 15 years of teaching, I have broken up many fights. I have been hit in the ear so hard that it rang me…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Apr. 8, 2021

I Know What the Challenges Are for Black Teachers and How to Start Fixing Them

I will never forget the moment last year when a seventh-grade African American student came to my door and said, “Mr. Taylor, I just wanted…

By Aaron Taylor

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Posted Mar. 19, 2021

Women’s History Month Is Not Just for Female Students

March is Women’s History Month. This is the time of the year where we take a step back and make sure that we are honoring…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Mar. 16, 2021

Teachers, I Hate Feedback as Much as You, but Sometimes We Need to Hear It

Once, many years ago, I was arguing with a colleague. I have no idea what we were arguing about. I am sure, however, that I…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Mar. 4, 2021

After a Year of Teaching Dangerously, We Found a New Appreciation for School

This year has been the ultimate educational experiment. For years the question has loomed: Given a strong curriculum, can students learn just as effectively online…

By Kathy Powers

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Posted Feb. 17, 2021

I Love Teaching, But I’m Not a Martyr

I have been navigating majority (or all) white spaces for a very long time. Whether it was the tracked gifted and talented classes or my…

By Jasmine Lane

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Posted Feb. 12, 2021

My Teacher Didn’t Know How To Be Culturally Responsive, But These Standards Will Help the Next Generation of Teachers

When I was eleven, my teacher divided our class into groups of four to complete a project on the United States Constitution. The three other…

By Precious Allen

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Posted Feb. 11, 2021

To the People Pushing Back on Culturally Responsive Teaching During Black History Month

A war has been waging in my home state of Illinois, and the battle lines have been drawn. In one corner of the ring—the “uber…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 1, 2021

Saving Our Children from Violence When Schools Are the Abusers

Each of us has been that lone, righteous educator at the dinner party—that overzealous, overtired reality-checker among adults whose jobs don’t include ensuring the emotional…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted May 17, 2021

The Road Trip That Made Me a Black Woman Warrior for Educational Equity

It is hard to describe how it has felt to live in the skin I am in for the past two years. All I can…

By Kimberly Smith

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Posted May 14, 2021

Here’s How Noggin Is Helping Little Kids Build Emotional Intelligence and Helping Their Parents Stay Sane, Too

It’s no secret that pandemic isolation has hit hard—maybe even hardest—on young children and their caregivers. Young children are wired to be with people: parents,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 11, 2021

Will We Finally Tap The Learning Expertise That Is Present in Oft-Overlooked Communities?

Talk of an education “recovery” to address student “learning loss” is here, often with a focus on expanded summer learning programs, high-dose tutoring and expanded…

By Naomi N. Shelton, Karega Rausch

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