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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.

November 15, 2016

Teacher-Prep Regulations: A Short Primer for Educators

If educators want to ensure that our new colleagues are actually prepared to work with us, they need to be involved in the accountability systems that are being built now in every state.

October 18, 2016

Beyond the Binders: How Seeing Teachers as Learners Creates Meaningful PD That Sticks

However hard and unsettling this work might be for everyone, providing steady, stable support for our teachers' learning is THE MOST IMPORTANT work we can do.

September 26, 2016

The Difficult (and Satisfying) Run of Teaching Defiant Students

There are dozens of books and theories about working with students who struggle behaviorally. While I appreciate many of the methods, I am convinced that in the end, it's about the effort we make to build a trusting relationship even when it is difficult.

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