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Marcia Powell

October 16, 2017

Language is an Equity Issue

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Someplace in America today, a kid will have been sent to the office for offensive language.  He or she will be outside of the classroom for ten or more minutes.  Learning time will be lost. Perhaps the child will have told a teacher or classmate to shut the @#Q$ up or dropped swear words in the hallway. Or maybe a teacher will be distracted because of a cultural spelling; a baseball jersey with last name Fukodome, or a Rick and Morty reference.

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Jon Eckert

July 6, 2017

Not a mystery: How to permanently end the teacher shortage

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This roundtable synthesis explores five ways to end the teacher shortage and a wealth of links to research, including other compelling posts in this series. To participate in the #Teachershortage conversation, which includes issues from recruitment to retention, join our Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 12th at 4 p.m. EST. We're co-hosting with our friends and colleagues at LPI (Learning Policy Institute). 

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John Holland

June 29, 2017

Why this effective and passionate teacher is leaving the classroom (for now)

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When you look up the phrase “The one that got away” you find an urban dictionary post that reads: “The person that you could've and should've ended up with but didn't, usually because of a series of poor choices on your end.” I can’t think of a better way to talk about my friend Tonishia Short. In this interview, she explains why she's taking a break from the profession she loves.

 

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John Holland

June 24, 2017

Want to increase teacher retention? Redesign induction to focus on new teachers’ needs

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How can districts redesign induction programs to support teacher retention? In this post, roundtable blogger Brian Curtin shares how he proactively collaborated with a colleague to redesign induction framed around three key actions. The result? Amazing attrition data and long term support for new teachers. 

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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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