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Brian Curtin

July 24, 2017

Shaping your story one tailwind at a time

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Using the theory of headwinds/ tailwinds asymmetry as a framework, Brian Curtin discusses the ways in which we tell our own stories and its impact on our perception of our schools, our colleagues, our administrators, our parents, and our kids. Once we're cognizant of these stories, we can use them to reshape our mindset in an effort to make our professional lives happier and more productive.

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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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John Holland

June 17, 2017

Changing the conversation: Too smart NOT to teach

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What action steps are needed to change the conversation about teaching? In this guest post Roz Byrne looks at examples from global leaders on how to solve the teacher shortage crisis by changing how American society views and values the profession. Teachers can start by telling students that they are too smart NOT to teach.

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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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John Holland

June 4, 2017

Turning "Too smart to teach" into a moment of motivation

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A high school teacher once told Krista Galleberg she had “too much potential” to become an elementary school teacher. While initially discouraged from pursuing a career in education, the Teacher Powered Schools movement rekindled her interest in classroom teaching, and inspired her to create and launch a student-run organization for other college students interested in the profession.

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