If a school is metaphorically a bus, who drives it? Traditionally, a principal does. He or she provides direction and motivation, presses the gas and brake when needed, and lets passengers--or teachers--on and off. But the best principals offer teachers opportunities to drive--or at least navigate--the bus without abandoning them, which is important because most teachers appreciate leaders with a shared sense of responsibility.
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June 25, 2018
Education needs to have a sense of urgency in regards to personalizing the learning experiences for today's students.
June 12, 2018
It's time to get rid of the social stigma around technical and vocational education, says one mom and award-winning educator.
March 27, 2018
When students use their education to try and change the world, the adults should stand behind them.
March 12, 2018
"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 26, 2018
When you teach in a predominantly White community, conversations about race can be uncomfortable, even in professional settings. While we may feel we are being polite or even respectful, the truth is that we White teachers often lack the courage to include race in critical conversations about student performance.
February 21, 2018
I had to situate this seemingly small act of bias in a larger socio-political context. It was my responsibility to acknowledge the impact of my action and make intentional efforts to provide a counter narrative not only for Mohamed, but to every child in my classroom.
February 19, 2018
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
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
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.