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Teachers Matter: Attributes of an Effective Secretary of Education

By |2019-05-28T00:17:42-04:00May 31st, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|

Recently, Elizabeth Warren made headlines with what seems to be a surprising announcement to many. Warren, who is among many other contenders for the 2020 presidential election, announced that if elected president, she will ensure her Education Secretary is “a former public school teacher who is committed to education." This comment comes after her (one [...]

Copyright Violations in the Classroom: When Beg, Borrow, and Steal Turns into a Crime

By |2019-05-28T20:50:07-04:00May 29th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum, Legal|

When you are a newbie teacher entering the profession, a veteran will pull you to the side and say, “It is okay to beg, borrow, and steal.” It is a teacher right of passage to be told this knowledge and to implement it.  Because many schools across the United States are lacking the appropriate resources [...]

What Teacher Choice in PD Should Look Like

By |2019-05-23T00:26:10-04:00May 21st, 2019|Current Events in Education, How to Fix Education, Opinion, Professional Development, School Improvement|

We all know how it feels to attend a half-hearted PD session we don’t think will be useful in our classrooms. Maybe it’s the content that feels irrelevant or the structure of the session. Whatever the cause, teachers are tired of attending PD that doesn’t fit our personal needs or the needs of our school [...]

Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

By |2019-05-18T14:21:13-04:00May 18th, 2019|Confessions of a Teacher, Elementary, Instruction & Curriculum, Teacher Burnout, The New Teacher Chronicles|

I have a teacher confession to make. I failed him. Not “gave him an F” failed him but failed him as a young man. A student with a future ahead of him, someone who could one day be a father, a councilman, or even president. But I failed him. It was my second year as [...]

Activists Are Needed in Education

By |2019-05-13T06:24:34-04:00May 13th, 2019|College and Career, Current Events in Education, How to Fix Education, Opinion, School Improvement, Social Justice|

The year: 1980 Activists in education are needed now more than ever. I was thirteen years old when I saw this coming. A smug ex-actor with Brylcreemed hair dropped a condescending line in a presidential debate. That isn't a big deal by itself, especially when you consider how low the presidential decency bar currently is. [...]

Is Your Teaching Experience an Abusive Relationship?

By |2019-04-15T10:15:04-04:00April 15th, 2019|Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines|

I know the title is a heavy one, but it’s a thought I’ve had since I started in this profession. I am in an abusive relationship with teaching. I know this isn’t everyone’s story. I see teachers all over Instagram discussing the love and dedication they have for their schools. Their leadership is great. Their [...]