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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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Marcia Powell

November 11, 2016

Welcoming the Old New Teacher

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It's been difficult for me these last two months, and I haven't been posting much.  At first, I thought perhaps it was just the difficulty of an election year, which bombards us with so much information that it is difficult to sort. On reflection, though, I realized I was struggling with a bout of frustration and anxiety regarding school.  A teacher leader I met via Twitter years ago has been there for me, and reminded me that there are things I cannot fix immediately.

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Marcia Powell

July 6, 2016

What You Want is Not What You Plan

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I drove by the building that housed my dream job today.  
Long ago, as a young girl, age 7, I wanted to work there.
I imagined being part of the change. 
Making decisions that made things better.
And I daydreamed, even then, schools that were different.
And I thought that meant that it was about the leaders.
That was my plan.  Boy, was it a good one.

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