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Chapter Four: Open letter to society on behalf of my students

If you have followed my journey you will know that I entered the classroom this year with a bit of trepidation and hesitation. In all honesty, teaching was quite literally the LAST thing I ever thought I would do. But after observing education through my children’s experiences and reflecting on my own, I wanted to …

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My student evaluations came in today, and I haven’t got it in me to open them

I don’t know about you, but I’ve probably had one of, if not the, hardest semester in 28 years of teaching. I’ve taught in different countries, in many different educational environments, but this last year has been just the toughest. Yet I have it so much easier than most.  My current role is as an …

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Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Part Two

This is the second part of a blog series in which two former central office administrators recount their experiences and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of central offices. In Part 1, Edjacent co-founder/Chief Design Officer Meghan Raftery asked fellow designer and regular blog contributor Doug Wren to answer a few questions. In this installment, …

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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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Chapter Three: Let’s Fix This

Awareness of and solutions to the teacher shortage crisis are prolific in opinion pieces lately. The number of teachers ready to walk away from the profession are staggering and indicate an untenable future for public education. The solutions pitched hit a wide range of ideas – from self-care to administration reducing workload – but don’t …

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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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Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Map reprinted from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security K-12 School Shooting Database at https://www.chds.us/ssdb/data-map Coming Soon to a School Near You?   On the popular Cult of Pedagogy website, Jennifer Gonzales recently wrote that “this is the worst school year ever.” Based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read over the past three months, …

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Chapter Two: Ramblings from an Overwhelmed, Frustrated, but Grateful New Teacher

Phase I: Excitement and Nervousness   “FFTs (effing first times): How hard it is to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming. Yet, showing up and pushing ourselves past the awkward, learner …

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