Garris Stroud

Garris Stroud is an award-winning educator and writer from Greenville, Kentucky whose advocacy and scholarship have been recognized by USA TodayU.S. News and World ReportEducation PostThe Louisville Courier-Journal, and The Lexington Herald-Leader. He served as a Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow from 2017-2019 and became chair of the organization’s editorial board in 2018. Stroud is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Contact him via email at [email protected]
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Analyzing Student Data May Not Be As Effective As We Think

We can put a man on the moon, but we still haven’t figured out how to make the most of teachers’ time. That’s the skinny from a new Hechinger Report piece on data analysis,...

Survey: Kentucky teachers are reeling from pandemic’s impact

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Education released results from the 2022 Impact Kentucky Working Conditions Survey, the first working conditions survey given to educators since the pandemic’s onset. The results reveal the...

Now Is The Time To Make Global Learning An Educational Priority

The entire world is on edge right now. Millions are watching as Russia invades Ukraine, hastening what could be the biggest land war in Europe since 1945. The harmful impacts of climate change are...

For Teachers To Thrive, They Must Be Empowered

Late last year, National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey used her platform to talk about the importance of young people seeing teachers "thrive." In a recent op-ed, my state’s education commissioner, Dr. Jason...

The Pandemic Will End, But Our Education Crisis May Just Be Beginning

Fellow educators, let’s start with three simple truths about this moment.  Being a teacher is hard. The pandemic, coupled with other factors like low pay and stressful working conditions, have made being a teacher even harder.Even...

Mississippi Shows How The Science of Reading Can Get Students Back On Track

“At least we’re not Mississippi.” It’s a response you’ve probably heard a time or two if you grew up in the South, but when it comes to literacy, it’s completely misguided. Believe it or not,...

How Rural Educators Are Speaking Up About COVID-19 Emergency Funds

We all know that educators make a difference. However, if you’re a teacher yourself, you may have questioned how much your voice really gets heard by those making the tough decisions, including how to...

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...

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