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Renee Moore

June 11, 2017

The racist realities of teacher retention

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All students, and the teaching profession itself, benefit from the work of Black teachers. Yet, huge numbers of quality Black teachers have been barred and pushed from the teaching profession by systemic racism. This post examines why acknowledging and removing these barriers is a necessary step towards reducing the Black teacher shortage and improving the quality of education for all children. 

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Justin Minkel

May 15, 2017

Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code

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I teach in a school that is 99% poverty yet has virtually 0% turnover. How has Jones Elementary cracked the teacher recruitment and retention code? Read how abstract “working conditions” like job flexibility, professional and personal growth, and advancement opportunities work together to create a culture of stability, mutual respect, and autonomy in this high-needs school.

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Barnett Berry

February 2, 2017

Meet Ben Owens, blogging lead for the teacher-powered schools roundtable discussion

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As our first roundtable discussion reaches its halfway point, I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce the blogging lead, Ben Owens. Bringing the real world into the classroom is one of Ben’s priorities, as he believes students benefit most from project-based learning that encourages problem solving, collaboration, and innovative thinking. Similarly, he knows that teachers need to engage in problem-solving with their colleagues and to lead their own learning if they are going to create the conditions for their students to do the same. 

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Barnett Berry

December 15, 2016

Three steps to increase collaboration

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Whether you’re a new adjunct professor on a college campus or a veteran faculty member at an elementary school looking to make new connections, we could all use a little more collaboration in our daily work. In this guest post, KU graduate student Lori Voss-Schoonover offers three ways to increase collaboration in both higher ed and K-12 learning environments.

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Barnett Berry

December 10, 2016

Three ways to take novice teachers from tentative to tenacious

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Self-efficacy is a critical component of teacher development. In this guest post, data scientist and KU graduate student J.J. DeSimone explores why self-efficacy is so important and provides two easy ways to increase the self-efficacy of novice teachers in your school. 

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Bill Ferriter

December 3, 2016

Wonder = Joy. (And Joy Should be Shared!)

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Longtime Radical readers know that there are few people who have influenced my practice as much as Dean Shareski.  Dean has pushed my thinking around everything from the role that humor and humanity should play in our digital spaces to the role that students should play in assessing their own learning.  When I look back at the practices that I use in my classroom, I see elements inspired by Dean everywhere.

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