Southern Folks, Don’t Let Your Accents Define You

One of the not-so-fun parts of living in the South is that your accent may not translate well if you leave it. Assumptions and rushed judgments are too often made about someone’s intelligence, lifestyle,...

Can “Grow-Your-Own” Programs Help End Rural Teacher Shortages?

“Why don’t people who live there, teach there?” That question, posed by this recent Hechinger Report story, is a troubling reminder of the unique, persistent challenges that rural communities face in staffing schools. Like rural America itself,...

May Your Voices Cut Through The Noise

With my term on the Commissioner of Education’s Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) set to end next week (not a humblebrag, I swear), I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the valuable insights and opportunities...

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it. Education is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that we can’t be moderate about. Sorry, not sorry. I’m referring here to a group of people...

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