Emma-Kate Schaake, Author at The Educators Room

About Emma-Kate Schaake

Emma-Kate Schaake is in her fifth year of teaching high school English in Washington. She is passionate about educational equity in curriculum design, classroom practices, teacher leadership, professional development, and student voice. She writes about her ongoing journey to unlearn myopic history, self reflect, and think critically about her role as an educator. She can be found on Instagram @mschaake

Teachers, If You Can’t Tell the Truth, You Might Need a Different Job

What Is “Too Political,” Anyway?  There has always been a political line in the classroom, though its definition is becoming increasingly obscure.  In 2008, I remember asking my teacher who they voted for, and they demurred, saying it wasn’t their place to say. That’s what I thought teachers were supposed to do.  And in some [...]

Publishing So White: 7 Essential Black Young Adult Authors

Last week, The New York Times published a piece examining the whiteness in the publishing industry. (Thank you to Pod Save the People for bringing it to my attention in your underreported news section. I learn something new from you every week!)  In the five major publications, they analyzed, from 1950-2018,  95% of their authors [...]

By |2020-12-17T19:40:39-05:00December 17th, 2020|Book Review, High School, Literacy, Social Justice|0 Comments

That’s Doctor to You: Toxic Sexism & Dr. Jill Biden

Thank you, Joseph Epstein, and The Wall Street Journal, for reminding us that sexism, elitism, and male mediocrity are alive and well. Just in case we had our heads in the protective sand for a moment, Epstein’s bloviation reminds us that America’s women, education systems, and educators, are devalued at every level.  Hey, Dr. Kiddo [...]

By |2020-12-14T18:55:20-05:00December 14th, 2020|Current Events in Education, Opinion|0 Comments

What Do We Make of All This? 10 Must-Read Research Articles on COVID & Schools

As we wade in the waters of COVID-19 and reopening our schools, here are some articles that give us evidence on what works and what doesn't.  Trauma: Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19  We all know schools are on the front lines of dealing with our collective trauma. This thorough guide from the National Child Traumatic [...]

By |2020-12-09T11:15:23-05:00December 9th, 2020|Current Events in Education|0 Comments

Rebranding the Dreaded Essay: How to Demystify Essays and Make Them Meaningful During COVID-19

Whenever students hear the word “essay,” they groan, eye roll, and plead for something, anything else.  Similarly, most adults I know remember high school or college essays they grudgingly finished just under the wire; late-night coffee, obsessive word counting, and a fair amount of teacher-specific bs-ing. It’s clear “The Essay” gets a bad rap, and [...]

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