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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 terribly 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.

January 06, 2014

TEDx Talk (Video): Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo

Yes, teachers deserve a seat at the table when systematic reforms are being decided, but the vacuum of teacher voice isn't just in City Hall, the state capitol building, or in the U.S. Department of Education. The true power of teacher voice is local. It's in our schools. If we feel powerless to change our local schools, how will our voices ever effectively reach Washington? (See TEDx Talk video)

December 11, 2013

It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools

Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which teachers rise up and take control of the leadership of their profession. Thanks to emerging national teacher voice organizations, we may be on the verge of an exciting new chapter in education reform.

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