Changing Schools: How do you know when it’s time to go?

How do you know when to leave? When to change your job, school, district, profession? There is only one thing that is unfailingly true: no matter what, someone will disagree with your choice. I am not talking about the obvious stuff: total misery, incompatible supervisor, burn-out, moving for love. I am talking about the times when [...]

6 Tips on Teaching Social Studies in a Politically-Charged Era

I've been challenged by parents plenty of times in my career. However, one that often protrudes in my mind is a 12-page email I received 7 years ago. In teaching about the post-Civil War Reconstruction, I shared both the late Abraham Lincoln and Radical Republican plans for what the South would look like as the [...]

Stories that Live in our Hearts

We all have stories that live in our hearts.  Stories we come back to over and over again for inspiration, comfort, and assurance that we do make a difference.  Stories that represent and remind us of the love we have for our students, for our profession. One of my favorite stories is from early in [...]

Budget Cuts? Don’t Take It Out On The Teachers – Or The Students

I spent the day today working with professional educators.  This group of experienced teachers gathered to learn more about mentoring those just entering our profession.  Technically, we’re there to participate in the California teacher credentialing program, which requires beginning teachers to partner with experienced support providers. But while I was sitting there, learning about learning-focused [...]