Instruction&Curriculum

Teacher Attendance Does Matter, but I Still Unapologetically Take Days Off at My School – Education Article

Yesterday, my fellow Indy K12 writer David McGuire Wrote, “Teacher Attendance Matters.”  As a school principal, I know he is under pressure to ensure his students receive the best education.  The heart of his piece was to emphasize how teacher absences can bring challenges to schools including student achievement.  Teaching is one of the professions where bosses constantly question why teachers are using personal days or sick days. If you don’t want teachers to use these days, then why even…

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5 Things We Need to Know About The L.A. Teacher’s Strike – Education Article

  ______________________________________________________________________ Due to the actions of teachers across the country last year, especially in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kentucky, many have called 2018 “The Year Of The Teacher.” But 2019 might just see a wave of “Red For Ed,” as teachers in one of the largest school districts stage a significant strike involving over 30,000 educators, serving 640,000 students. The following is an attempt to harness the five most significant things we (educators and advocates of education) need to…

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Forget Allies and Advocates, I Needed an Activist – Education Article

We (educators) like to think that we’re advocates for students. I’ve even been guilty myself of living in the nobleness of the word. However, as our current climate (societal and educational) continues to toil with inclusivity and what it means to be responsive to ALL, I grow impatient with our “nobleness.” Case in point, social media is exploding with a story of a high school wrestler who was forced to cut off his dreadlocks to prevent the forfeit of a match.…

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Having a Tupac State of Mind: Supporting Our Students that Grow from Concrete – Education Article

“We wouldn’t ask why a rose that grew from the concrete has damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, don’t ask me why, thank God, and ask me how.”― Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” is a popular poem turned book of poetry by Tupac Shakur…

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There are Thousands of Students Like Andrew Johnson Sitting in Our Schools – Education Article

Dejected. Embarrassed. Defeated. Distraught. These are all the words that came to mind when I saw the video of Andrew Johnson, the wrestler from Buena High School in Atlantic County, New Jersey who was told by a referee with a history of racist behavior he had to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match during a  meet Thursday night. By now social media has exploded with videoes of the act of Johnson’s hair being cut and shuddered at the thought that in…

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America Already has a wall, it’s made up of teachers. – Education Article

I debated whether to encourage my sophomore Global History students to watch President Trump’s address on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Since 2016, it has been difficult to navigate how to incorporate civics and current events into my social studies classroom.  I desire student awareness, but I am concerned that any discussion of his speech, or his presidency in general, might lead to parental concerns of misperceived bias on my part.  Furthermore, I don’t know if I can be as objective…

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