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March 27, 2017

Lessons From the Garden: What Teachers Can Do to Help Vulnerable Students Thrive

The national mood reminds me of the plants I had expected in my abandoned raised beds. The soil is shallow and the fertilizer isn't good, so not much good is growing but weeds.

March 21, 2017

Spring Break and the Equinox of Student Engagement

When it comes to engaging young people, DJs behind their turntables can teach educators a thing or two, especially during Spring Break.

February 23, 2017

What Happens to Teacher Leadership When the Money Runs Out?

This is the miracle of teacher leadership. When done right and when teachers are nurtured in an environment that is safe, where risks and mistakes and encouraged, we begin to trust one another and cooperate to achieve more than we could on our own.

February 13, 2017

Love and Teaching: A Transformational Connection

What may be most absent from the education reform conversation is a focus on the love of teaching itself. Not a love of the public schools versus charter schools. Not a love of one political perspective over another. Not a love of one solution at the expense of another.

February 09, 2017

What to Do When the Next Awful Thing Happens

I don't know what happened yesterday, but I can promise you it will make its way into my classroom tomorrow. It will be carried in on the shoulders of my students, on the faces of my coworkers. It will be broadcast on the radio on my drive in, showcased on my laptop screen during lunch.

February 08, 2017

Teachers, Time to Step Up

As we anxiously await the changes to our national department of education, there has never been a greater need for teacher leaders to cultivate a more collective accountability for public education

January 31, 2017

Student-Teacher Relationships Are Everything

In the classroom Maslow ALWAYS comes before Bloom.

January 19, 2017

6 Things Teachers Can Do When Bad News Strikes

The morning after the 2016 election, a first-period 11th grade English class sat in front of me visibly subdued. I knew, from my own experiences, that if I did not acknowledge their discomfort and fear, they would learn nothing...

January 11, 2017

To the Educators Who Will Teach My Black Daughter

As a teacher, I have intimate knowledge about how the education system may not act in her best interest. At three, she has yet to experience the wide range of road bumps and brick walls that she will have to navigate and negotiate. But, as an educator, I know the power of educators.

November 29, 2016

Creating Moments Our Students Will Remember

Let's all make the moments to 'cuddle' our students in a rich discussion, share family stories, ask their opinions, take selfies, dance to music, appreciate falling snowflakes, or whatever the moment brings. Our students will little remember the weekly spelling or reading quizzes, but they will no doubt remember how they felt when they were in our classrooms.

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