The Importance of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections: A Teacher’s Perspective

American democracy is at a crossroads. In November of this year, the American electorate will go to the polls to decide which party should control the Congress of the United States and set policy on the federal level. Majorities in many state legislatures and governorships across the nation will also be decided. As it stands [...]

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 [...]