Meghan Raftery

Meghan Raftery is a freelance educator and founder of Edjacent, a design collaborative for educators.

I’m a Public Educator and I Am Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing: Why and How You Might Do the Same.

I never took a high-stakes test in my 13 years as a K-12 public school student. Standardized testing was not yet the norm when I was in school, but it became so when I was in college studying to be a teacher. The shift was subtle in some states, but in Pennsylvania, where I was …

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Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – Part One

This is the first installment of a two-part blog series that looks at the role of central offices in school districts. Two former central office administrators recount their experiences and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of central offices at a time when public education is in peril. In Part 1, Edjacent co-founder/Chief Design Officer …

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Teachers Cannot Solve the Substitute Teaching Crisis. Nor Should They.

The logical next post in the substitute teaching sequence (see Part 1) would be to share ideas for teachers, school leaders, and substitute teachers. We heard from many people closest to the substitute teaching crisis who had ideas for easing the crisis in small and big ways. However, issues that affect entire school systems across …

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I Am a Terrible Substitute Teacher. Here’s Why That Matters.

Substitute teachers are essential to the successful operation of a school, especially in times of record numbers of teacher absences and open positions. Recent publications in TIME and EdWeek outline the crisis in detail, but if you are an educator or a parent, you likely have personal experience with this growing problem. As the COVID …

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