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December 16, 2014

Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates

Teachers unions and school reformers often force teachers to pick a side—district or charter—and stick to it; however, more teachers need to cross that invisible line.

November 04, 2014

Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.

October 21, 2014

Pardon My Ignorance But ... Is High School Really This Crazy?

After 12 years in K-8 education, I'm finally getting a glimpse of the world of high school—and it's a totally different, sometimes bizarre, world.

September 24, 2014

Three Ways to Take the 'Shame' Out of Teaching

In this guest blog, educator Sara Urben explains why the teaching profession is cloaked in shame and offers three strategies to shake it off.

September 09, 2014

How to Get a Dropout Back in School—Mama Style!

When it comes to decreasing the dropout rate, some kids just need a hefty dose of "Mama."

August 20, 2014

A Teacher Married to the Classroom Gets a Divorce

What could cause a teacher who was in love with the profession quit in the prime of her career?

June 04, 2014

The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 26

A great lesson in my boys club goes terrible wrong. This is what I learned and what I hope the boys learned, too.

May 21, 2014

What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.

April 16, 2014

Being Ms. Rhames: Reflections From a Substitute Teacher

During my maternity leave from mid-November to early March, Virginia Cutshall served as my substitute teacher. I asked her write an honest depiction of her experience in a guest blog post.

March 05, 2014

In Three Months, I Forgot How to Teach

My first day back at school after a three-month maternity leave revealed just how much I had forgotten about teaching.

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