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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.

April 15, 2018

Four Dichotomies in Education Worth Interrogating

Language can be limiting; it can also be liberating. With that in mind, I wanted to look at some of ways we categorize people and ideas in education, and how they might represent false dichotomies that need to be opened up.

January 26, 2018

Can Educators Do It All?

Now that I've settled in a bit, I'm back to asking the eternal question: can I somehow do it all? Teach, write, lead, parent...and live? The difference is that I used to ask it with the underlying attitude of, "Of course I can!" and then spread myself too thin. Now I ask the same question from a place of, "Probably not, and that's okay; we all have to make choices, but I'll keep asking." This has the feel more of a puzzle than a wall: like when you think you are close to solving a Rubik's Cube, but then you have to actually undo that path in order to see a different one. I don't mind that.

October 05, 2017

How Expert Teachers Teach More

"Remember, the curriculum is everything that happens in the classroom." About a decade later, I had an epiphany about what that means.

September 29, 2017

The Teacher Students Wish They Could Have Every Day

Her name was Ms. L'Engel, and she entered my third grade classroom several times to deliver what felt like magic.

August 17, 2017

Five Things to Appreciate About a New School Year

"I am viewing the start of school from an unfamiliar distance. But I want to share what I see as so special about being a K-12 teacher."

June 21, 2017

My Personal Road Not Taken: Secrets From a Special Year

English teacher Ariel Sacks shares the secrets that made her 2016-17 school year great—including creating work-life boundaries and taking on new responsibilities—as well as a new shift in her professional life.

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