As a product of an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse public education system, I was fortunate to be raised in an environment that valued the differences amongst students and fostered an environment in which students can work together to achieve common learning goals. Yet, I was not unaware that some students faced large and complex barriers to academic achievement. As I progressed through school, those unaddressed barriers exerted greater influence, often limiting possibilities for future achievement.
One of the ugliest words in education is “compliance.” Think of the teacher who has to enforce ineffective discipline policies that shame students and hinder their learning. Or the principal who spends all day on school district paperwork rather than observing and coaching her teachers.
In a perfect system, educators would rarely worry about checking boxes or meeting bureaucratic demands. Instead, they’d make decisions based on the unique and immediate needs of their students and schools.
Despite the gridlock that has become synonymous with the nation’s capital, in 2008 Washington, D.C., enacted something groundbreaking. It rolled out universal free access to preschool and pre-k across the city.
Just over a decade later, the district offers a roadmap and improvement model for other cities looking to provide universal early childhood access to more families.
Here are three key lessons:
I’m just a kid from South Dallas, with the passion to be a blessing in this world. Community engagement, the arts, and education is what takes up most of my time each day. I am a son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, mentee, and mentor.
You've probably seen the worrying headlines about the state of the teaching profession. States like Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, and California, which are struggling with acute teacher shortages, have also seen massive teacher strikes in the past year.
My name is JaCoreya Lloyd. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I attended college at Texas A&M University - Commerce, in Commerce Texas, where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. As the oldest sibling, my two sisters and I didn't play with dolls, we played school. When I graduated from High School I had a goal of teaching in the same charter school network that molded me from 8th-12th grade, Uplift Education.
A discussion of the benefits and shortcomings of two highly discussed practices in education. Those of us in education often forget that while nearly everybody is involved in education through their children, many aren’t familiar with the jargon we so often throw around. Two such pieces of jargon are differentiation and tracking, and they provide an effective means of identifying and discussing one’s attitude on education.
Today, the Indiana State Board of Education approved Relay Graduate School of Education, a nonprofit accredited institution of higher education, to prepare aspiring teachers for Indiana certification through its Teaching Residency program in Indianapolis. The Relay Teaching Residency is one of the largest and most diverse educator residency programs in the country.
My name is Aaliyah Rainey. I was born, raised, and currently live in Newark, NJ (Brick City!!!). I am a proud graduate of Howard University with a degree in Communications. I coach high school girls basketball, love to travel (I have a yearly goal to visit 5 new places every year), and I have a podcast with two of my friends from middle and high school.
The Advance Certificate (Adv Cert) Special Education program impacted my practice by equipping me with tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners. I learned how to implement and write IEP’s, use interventions that rapidly catch students up to grade level, spoke with families about how to support their child at home and their rights in this system, and advocated for the students in my classroom and around the school as a whole.
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