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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 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 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.

June 01, 2017

Sometimes Calling Teachers 'Valued Professionals' Just Feels Empty

Teachers are often told that we are "valued professionals" who "change the lives of our students every day." But we are also micromanaged to immobility, not trusted to make the simplest decisions that affect students' learning and well-being. When students have to work in classrooms in silence because the teacher knows that the loud and messy learning is often seen as ill-managed instruction, the walls close in.

May 03, 2017

What I Want From My Next Teaching Job

My best times as a teacher, as a learner, the best things that have ever happened in and around my room, have happened with groups who were not racially homogenous..As a White teacher, I can say unequivocally that having a classroom that centers the voices of People of Color is crucial to good teaching.

April 13, 2017

When Teachers Believe Their Work Is Never Enough

There is a difference between critiquing and attacking yourself. Instead of letting negative thoughts pervade your day and contribute to self-doubt, harness them as a conduit for improvement. See failure as feedback, not the world's confirmation that you are substandard.

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

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.

July 23, 2016

No App Can Replace Mastery for Students or Teachers

A quick licensing route perpetuates the misconception that "Anyone can teach." Lessening the requirements for an entry-level license degrades the professionalism of teaching and disrespects the rigor required to obtain a professional license. Instead of seeking temporary fixes, individual states should seriously investigate solutions that offer teaching as a sustainable career choice and do the hard work to keep skilled teachers on the job.

May 24, 2016

State Teacher of the Year Says Teacher Appreciation Week Not Enough

Our nation's teachers are the infrastructure of this republic. Like water pipelines, roads, and bridges their purpose is that of the common good. When they do their job, it permits every other aspect of our society to function properly. But this isn't reflected in their level of appreciation

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