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November 08, 2017

Teachers Should Be Writers

When writing about your experience, it's OK to be vulnerable. In fact, being honest about what your day feels like, what you see and feel in your work, will often make a piece more interesting, more relatable, and ultimately more powerful.

October 04, 2017

4 Things Great Principals Don't Do

The true beauty in leadership is being able to discern when to pull back and not give teachers things they don't need. There is a balance that great principals learn, and because of that balance, they generally have happy teachers in their classrooms.

September 21, 2017

When Principals Forget How Learning Works

I wish school leaders could cede some of this space and work to their teachers who know better than anyone else how learning happens and how to make that new knowledge stick

September 14, 2017

Let's Be Honest: Professional Bullying in Schools Is a Thing

When a teacher lives in fear of confrontation, ridicule or being talked about, this is professional bullying.

August 28, 2017

What Families Really Need From a Teacher's Back-to-School Letter

Now isn't the time for reminders about materials and copying and pasting your district's tardy policy. Now is the time to let parents know what is most important to you as a teacher, what big goals you have for their students, and start forming the team that will get you there.

August 23, 2017

After Charlottesville: Having Tough Conversations in an Age of Extremism

Unlearning to be an extremist is hard. Help students avoid propaganda: When students are exposed to propaganda, misinformation, and fake news it becomes difficult for them to unlearn.

August 21, 2017

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Teach Social Justice

As educators, we recognize that cannot stand by and say nothing while acts of racism and hate are perpetrated against our citizens by our citizens. Each of us must decide whether or not we will be a bystander or a resistor, one who condones or one who resists.

August 15, 2017

Teaching, Like Golf, Is 'No Easy Game'

Like learning to golf, when teachers first begin, they also struggle to master complex skills. Most enter the classroom with a basic understanding of pedagogy but very little practical experience. They are drawn to the seemingly green, lush fairways of teaching, but very soon they realize teaching is no easy game.

July 11, 2017

Student Trauma Is Real. But Connection Can Heal.

Restorative Practices are flexible and responsive approaches to establishing, developing, and restoring relationships that enable people to develop a shared sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world.

July 07, 2017

My Math Tests Didn't Change Me, But a Community Concert Did

When you think back to your own education, what pops up into your mind? Is it that really awesome standardized math test you took in 5th grade or the art project that got to hang in the Anchorage Museum of Art?

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