It's around these next few weeks that people are making their final decisions around whether to stay in the classroom next fall or to move into a different role or field. I've always felt some tinge of guilt for going. For those in the midst of making up your minds, remember: Always honor your children. Here was a response I had for a reader who disagreed with my perspective, but who helped push my thinking about my role and our collective role as a society for children. Dear John, Thanks for adding to the conversation. I have to respectfully disagree, ...

"It is ridiculous to think that teachers can become proficient in this very complex experience, called teaching, in a few years. To think otherwise de-professionalizes the profession." This comment was left on a previous entry a couple weeks back, and I feel compelled to respectfully disagree-- in a very long blog entry. I spent the past four hours writing it not only because I have a deep sense of conviction for this idea, but because of all the amazing first- and second-year teachers I've had the honor of working with this year. They showed their students, their communities, their peers ...

As I was driving on the highway to get from one school to another last week, I suddenly found tears streaming down my face. And then they wouldn't stop. I was shocked. Awed. A sense of urgency and desperation clenched up in my chest. I was overwhelmed by a feeling. And it took me a second to realize that the crazy feeling that was making me cry, cry and cry while driving really, really fast down Expressway 83 was an overwhelming sense of possibility. After all this time of working in education and believing and needing and working toward making ...

The achievement gap is everywhere. This one is to the whole village being a part of the solution. This one's to the Sylvia's one of the world, inspiring, pushing, and making it possible for people in real situations to get the access they need to better lives. And, as always, this is to the folks out there making it possible for themselves. It was 102 degrees at 12:52 pm and the warehouse smelled like a warm, musty mix of wood, dust and oranges. Even though it was 8 minutes to their closing time, the young woman manning the register ...

I know the magic bullet to closing the achievement gap is having and keeping great teachers in the classroom. But I also know that the fastest way to lose someone away is to force them to do something. As the school year winds to a close in Texas, I find myself talking to many excellent teachers in their second, third, fourth and fifth years of teaching who love teaching kids, but who are restless to have another or an even greater impact beyond their classroom walls. Some of these amazing teachers will go to graduate school, some will go into ...


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