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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...

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

This piece originally appeared with Education Post. Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood special education....

After Teaching Through A Pandemic, I’m Making Time For Self-Care

Before the pandemic, I could count on one hand the amount of times I had heard someone say “self-care.” Now it’s the new buzz-word that everyone seems to throw around. But do we really...

Could ditching grade levels and seat time be the key to better education?

Northern Cass School District in North Dakota has a story that's familiar to many rural districts. Their graduation rate is high, and their students typically demonstrate above average performances on state tests. However, it...

What should rural education look like post-COVID?

In mid March of 2020, the normal world, reality came tumbling down as a novel coronavirus, Covid-19, shuttered schools and transformed face to face teaching into an untenable position in almost all public and...

As schools hire teachers and counselors, a funding cliff looms

This piece was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters” The schools of Greeley, Colorado are in the midst of a hiring spree. The 27-school...

Social-Emotional Learning and Rigor Don’t Have To Be Enemies

I’m a sixth grade teacher grappling with the reality of teaching kids who may not have darkened a school door in over a year. Many of their students haven’t been in an actual classroom...

What If Remediation Isn’t The Best Approach For Addressing Learning Loss?

Learning loss. The COVID Slide. No matter what you call it, the debate about how to address last school year's unfinished business is sure to be contentious. As thousands of students make their way...

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