by Jill Fletcher | 4.9.19
Students often love to share their ideas aloud. There was a time when I didn’t value this enthusiasm for engaging. I saw it as a trait to tamper – something that stood in the way of getting information to them. Then I realized their willingness to speak was one of their greatest assets. And in order to reach them, I needed to build upon their passion for discussion.
by Emily House | 3.28.19
I grew up going to rural Iowa schools, and diversity wasn’t a big part of my educational background. As a teacher, I’ve realized how many different experiences exist even within a single classroom – and how few of those experiences are like mine. It’s been a humbling wake-up call.
by Julia E. Torres | 8.31.18
As an educator, I believe that for my students to always be learning and growing, I need to always be learning and growing as well.
by Eli Casaus | 8.9.18
Last year, the school where I worked focused on finding ways to build community by better serving our families and students. A big part of that was making sure each student felt welcomed every single day.
by Josh Parker | 8.3.18
When we think about working to make our classrooms more equitable, it makes sense to me to start with why we got into teaching.
by George Christopher | 8.2.18
I want my son to have a teacher who looks at him and sees what I see. And I have to be that teacher for my students.
by Jorge Pacheco Jr. | 5.2.18
I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early to start teaching kids about empathy, love, race, class and gender.
by Andrea Bazemore | 11.6.17
Teaching can be exhausting, but if I get stressed out, or if it’s the middle of the year and I’m dragging my feet, I make sure to bring my focus back to my kids.
by Adrienne Quinn | 10.11.17
One small thing that has always helped me build bridges as a teacher is identifying a student each year who has been hard for me to reach.
by Cassie Beasley | 9.14.17
My hope is that in the school year ahead, we do what we can to hear about our students’ cultures and make our learning spaces more equitable one small step at a time.