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Howling for literary arts: How I connected my students to authors

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In 2013, when I started my English teaching career at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida, it didn’t surprise me that many of my students didn’t like to write. The vast majority of writing done in school—and thus, in students’ lives—is in an academic format such as essays with clear introductions, supporting paragraphs with cited evidence, and summary conclusions.

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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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John Holland

September 18, 2016

In Art Kids Want Challenging Work

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I was really hoping to have more time to reflect on my new adventure as an art teacher but, as I am also a novice I have a plethora of small parts I am trying to figure out. This scrambling has made it hard to sit back and appreciate the moment. From organizing materials to getting a firm grasp on my standards I feel like I am constantly behind the curve. I am reminded of what I felt like when I first started 20 years ago and I would go into school at 6:30 in the morning to prepare.

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Brianna Crowley

September 15, 2016

Why I left a profession that I love

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After teaching in a high school classroom for 9 years, I left. Not because I didn’t still love teaching, and not because I didn’t have a vibrant classroom where students wanted to be. Not because I still didn’t feel like there were 1 million things to try and 3 million lessons my students still had to teach me.

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Ben Owens

September 12, 2016

Time to Rethink North Carolina's Teacher Compensation Model

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What would you think if you visited a local school and saw every teacher using transparencies on overhead projectors? You might assume you had time-traveled to an era when big hair and leg warmers were in vogue. You might wonder, where are the interactive whiteboards and touchscreens that help teachers personalize students’ learning? Similarly, our one-size-fits-all salary schedule for teachers is a model whose usefulness has come and gone.

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John Holland

August 20, 2016

White Privilege is Easy

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Over the next month, teachers will be taking part in a social justice roundtable discussion in the CTQ Collaboratory and on Twitter with #CTQCollab.

One idea that I have found to be true in American society is this:

Power Protects Power

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