Prevent teacher shortages from robbing students of color

Pause your day. Take some deep breaths if it helps. Envision the teacher who changed your life. How did their classroom feel? What did their…


10 Minutes

Starving the lions of the teaching profession

In New York City, the lion is one of our most prominent symbols. Over the course of human history, the lion has stood for royalty, strength, and…


7 Minutes

(Un)certified struggle

  No school could be run completely by uncertified teachers, but uncertified teachers are becoming commonplace in a lot of classrooms across our…


7 Minutes

What kind of teacher shortage do we face?

Imagine a field hospital in a battle zone staffed entirely by cooks, engineers, and mechanics. The cooks wear stethoscopes, the engineers take…


8 Minutes

Let's begin at the beginning

Let’s begin with the premise that teaching is hard work, and that good teaching is even harder.  Bad teachers work hard, but fail through a deadly…


5 Minutes

Are teacher shortages the actual problem?

As a young teacher in the urban core of Kansas City, I was passionate about giving each of my students the opportunities they deserved by being a…


9 Minutes