Garris Stroud

Garris Stroud is an award-winning ELA educator, author, and advocate from rural Western Kentucky. He is a former Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow and member of the Kentucky Education Commissioner's Teacher Advisory Council (TAC).
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America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and a really nice email from a parent about how...

When The Storms Came, Our Schools Were There

Public schools are often tasked with being all things for all people. For most of us, we think of schools as centers for learning. But for some, especially those of us in smaller communities,...

You Shouldn’t Have to Be an Educator To Critique Education

If I had a nickel for every time a school official uttered the phrase "unprecedented times" in the past year and a half, our schools wouldn't need the American Rescue Plan. But you know...

West Virginia Is Seizing The Moment To Make School Choice History. Will More Rural States Follow?

School choice and rural communities are a lot like oil and water: historically, they haven’t mixed. Efforts to expand educational options for families have instead been more focused on America’s cities, where access to...

Teaching Through A Pandemic Is Exhausting, But Here’s How I’m Beating Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout is no joke. We routinely hear stories about the intensity of a teacher’s work day, and thanks to the pandemic, things are only getting harder. Last year, it was remote learning, hybrid...

More School Board Drama: OH, PA Among Latest To Cut Ties (And Others May Be Behind Them)

Five more states are distancing themselves from the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Last week, the state board associations of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Louisiana agreed to end their affiliations with the NSBA...

After The Last Year And A Half, We Must Never Forget How Resilient Students Are

"Kids today are too fragile. We're raising a generation of snowflakes!" It's a universal truth: As long as there are young people, there will be older people who complain about them. Today's generation of...

Kentucky Becomes Latest State to Distance Itself From NSBA

Kentucky is now one of the latest states to distance itself from the National School Boards Association (NSBA).  In September, the NSBA sent a letter to President Biden requesting federal intervention in school board incidents,...

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