Meet Betsy DeVos, Our New Secretary of Education

Today it was announced that President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos, a top Republican Donor, and School Choice Advocate to head the Department of Education. As teachers, we've already had a contentious relationship with the two predecessors to the job, but before we get into policy, it's important to understand who Betsy DeVoe is [...]

[Podcast S2E12] How to Engage With Students Who Are Behaviorally Challenged

Have you ever received a child in your class who as soon as you see them you know they will be a behavior challenge? Call it teacher intuition, but you can feel it- and most times you're right. You stay up late racking your brain for strategies for these students, but many times you don't [...]

When Charter Companies Bail Out on Students

Charter companies have found a friendly home in Philadelphia. They are often granted charters over parental and neighborhood protests. Charter companies are more likely to be approved over parent-teacher groups wanting to focus on trying new educational ideas. Until recently, Philadelphia rarely refused to renew contracts with charter companies even when the schools they ran [...]

Step Up and Teach – Part 2: ELA Writing Standards

Read Part 1 of this series about Reading Standards here.   picture courtesy corecommonstandards.com Princess, my first grader, writes all of the time.  One day in kindergarten, after getting into trouble at home, I found a note taped onto the wall beside her bedroom door: “Git my stompys or im not ginoo clen [...]