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May 03, 2018

Why Students Check Out (and How We Can Check Them Back In)

Our students hold the answers: We must take time to listen.

March 12, 2018

It's Time to Make It Clear Where You Stand on Race and Equity in Schools

"If I had had teachers of color as a student . . . I would have been more unequivocal in explaining why "All Lives Matter" is a perfunctory, misguided rebuttal to "Black Lives Matter."

February 19, 2018

Teaching Means Witnessing Small Acts of Humanity All the Time

That is why I am in love with teaching. Working with young people means that I get to witness these small acts of brilliant humanity all the time. I get to continually be inspired and challenged and amazed. I get to watch as students transform themselves into people who will change the world.

February 14, 2018

Some Kids Dare You to Teach Them

Every teacher gets a moment when they face one kid or a hundred kids just like Damion. It's in these moments your core beliefs are challenged and revealed.

February 13, 2018

Even on the Most Hectic Days, Being a Teacher Is Amazing

Carissa told me that she had not been completely honest about why she was calling me. She did not have a paper to write and did not need to ask me any questions. Instead, she wanted to see my honest reaction as she read a letter aloud that she had written to me.

February 05, 2018

To Achieve Equity in My Classroom, I Had to Check My Own Bias at the Door

Equity in education today is more than just the availability of an education; it's recognizing the fact that some students require more support than others to reach their academic potential.

January 09, 2018

Learning With Students From Other Cultures Is a Key to Progress in Our Global Society

We live in interesting times. As our global society struggles to navigate problems brought about by fear and misunderstanding of those who are different, we have unprecedented access to tools that make connecting and learning with others easier than ever before.

November 27, 2017

Your Gift to New Teachers Is to Help Them Navigate the Holiday Hustle

It is so important for schools who want to retain talent to think critically about the needs of their novice teachers - they must think beyond new teacher training at the beginning of the year. As we approach the first extended break, why not initiate a check-in with new teachers that can provide exactly what they need (but likely won't ask for)?

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.

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