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Don’t sit and get, give and receive with authentic professional development

I originally became a teacher because I love to learn.  I could not wait to have my own classroom where...

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A defense of creative writing in the age of standardized testing

Ask any English teacher what he or she could use more of, and chances are you’ll get the same answer. ...

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mCLASS: The case for consistency

Over the span of our collective years in education, we have heard many times that it takes a minimum of...

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Why I stayed: Lessons from one teacher’s journey on beginning teacher retention

In my seven years as a teacher, I have considered leaving the profession on numerous occasions. My recent 30th birthday...

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More NC school districts must take steps to embrace teacher voice

“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” said Elie Wiesel in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, referring to the consequences...

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Unintended consequences: Legislation deserves the educator’s touch

Recently the education news waves have been dominated by talk of the impending class size crisis. Across the state, school...

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A 21st century platform for professional development

One highlight of being an educator is the professional development. So many teachers enjoy going to workshops, getting free stuff,...

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Just fitting in

I recently spent some time in one of my favorite eating spots. It always feels like a mini-adventure as I...

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Holding on to firsts

For both experienced and beginning teachers, firsts are important. Firsts are universal and uniting; in fact, it is likely that...

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We need to provide teachers the luxury of time

For the past two and a half years, I have led and been led by cohorts of exceptional educators across...

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I’m the new teacher…again

This year, I embarked on a new chapter in my teaching career. I changed schools. I taught at my previous...

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Teacher input needed on professional learning

At a time when change in the educational system is imminent and the course of the teacher’s professional career unclear,...