Urban Teachers

Posted Oct. 16, 2017

The Principal That Leads Is the Principal That Is Seen

Leadership is a word that has been bandied about so much it has lost its true essence. The proliferation of “leaders” on book covers, political…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Aug. 25, 2017

I Almost Quit Teaching on My Third Day. Here’s 10 Things I Wish I’d Known.

Dear Mark, You called out sick today (Thursday, September 6, 2007). Only your third day of school—ever!—and you lied about having a family emergency in…

By Mark Joseph

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Posted May 1, 2017

Want to Know Why I Came Back to Teach at This Denver Charter School? Equity.

Can you name a decision that changed your life forever? Mine was in 2005, as a freshman in high school in Denver, Colorado. I spent two…

By Ariana Dominguez

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

Teachers, You Never Know What Students Are Going Through Outside The Classroom

This guest post is by an anonymous, Oakland-based educator. One time my mom tried to kill me. She chased me with a knife, cackling like…

By Dirk Tillotson

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this fall, has a pretty simple…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Forget Your Nostalgia for White Picket Fences, Suburban Schools Need to Accept the New Reality

There’s a myth that persists in education for both parents and teachers: That heading to suburban schools somehow insulates you from hardship, instability and academic failure.…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 27, 2017

5 Tips for Teaching AP in a High-Poverty, Urban School

It’s 8:45 a.m. and a creative AP English teacher greets her students with handshakes and high fives. But they’re not as energetic as she is…

By Yolanda R. Whitted

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

A Simple Idea for Improving Teacher Prep

Decision-making in the 21st century is guided by data. Whether buying a car or selecting a doctor, we have access to a vast amount of…

By Jennifer Green

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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