November 13, 2017
by Cheryl Bledsoe
What teacher loves administering multiple assessments during the year? None, as the nuances of classroom assessment can be challenging in the world of high-stakes testing. Authentic assessment addresses these challenges, benefitting students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a real-world application manner.
October 26, 2017
by Justin Minkel
Over the past two months, through an extraordinary series of posts on social justice and equity, I discovered the collective heroism and strength of that “us.” All seven pieces were written by teacher leaders who are LGBT, people of color, or both. Their insights and experiences come from a perspective that straight white teachers like me--no matter how much we listen, learn, and care--will never be able to provide.
October 16, 2017
by Marcia Powell
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.
October 12, 2017
by William Anderson
Fear allows people—gives people—the luxury to be neutral in a fight in which all hands must be on deck. Students, teachers, administrators, and members of our communities cannot afford to be afraid, to allow fear to keep us from fighting the change the world.
October 5, 2017
by Jozette Martinez
One thing I’ve realized, working in an educational system of disadvantage, is that we need to teach our students of color how to see themselves differently. We need to see them differently.
September 13, 2017
by Shanna Peeples
2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples shares three actions—being radically kind, being curious about others, and acting outside our comfort zone—that can help us cope and support one another during these challenging times.
July 6, 2017
by Jon Eckert
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).
June 29, 2017
by John Holland
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.
June 11, 2017
by Renee Moore
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.
June 4, 2017
by John Holland
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.