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October 16, 2018

When Top-Down Professional Development Doesn't Work

My friend is on the cusp of becoming a great teacher. But alongside her process of skill building and identity formation, her school is in the midst of its own identity crisis.

June 29, 2018

Why Charter School Teachers Should Care About the Janus Decision

The local union's ability to negotiate a decent deal on behalf of teachers pretty directly pressures charters to fall in line and stay competitive. It that power goes away, charter school teachers who have benefited from this unspoken relationship are likely to feel the difference as much or more than their district counterparts.

November 10, 2016

Election 2016 Feels Like None Other in My Classroom

"If both of your parents are immigrants, do they deport you too, or do you get put into a foster home?" one of my middle school students asked yesterday afternoon. "I've asked this to some other teachers, but I still don't know the answer," she added. It had been on her mind all day. I've taught through four presidential elections. This one feels in no way normal.



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