As far as he was concerned, Harrison Gaskins wasn’t a teacher. It was the 2017-18 school year, and he was a paraprofessional at KIPP Vision Primary, a charter elementary school in Atlanta. He worked one-on-one with a student, and he did it well. Then, during his first year, Gaskins’s colleagues named him Teacher of the Month.
The accolade got Gaskins thinking, and soon his supervisor was encouraging him to get his master’s degree and become a classroom teacher, a possibility that hadn’t crossed his mind back when he was a student.
I am a twin and originally from Philadelphia, PA. I first moved out of the Northeast and to Dallas, TX in 2011. I left in 2016 and came back midway through 2017. My wife and I have been married for 4 years, coming up on 5 years in August, and we have a 2 year old son who turns 3 in May. Everyone wants to believe that their career choice will improve the world that they live in for the next generation.
Two-thirds of aspiring teachers enrolled in the Relay Graduate School of Education identify as persons of color, making it one of the largest and most diverse educator residency programs in the country. Relay’s commitment and success in recruiting, preparing and supporting diverse teachers has been sustained annually even as the institution has increased enrollment each year.
I was in the Advanced Certificate program during the 2015-16 school year. I was teaching kindergarten and wanted to to take on more leadership at my school around special education. After getting my special education certification at Relay, I became the special education coordinator at my school, where I directly supported our kids with special needs. I am now the Dean of Special Services where I help teachers support their kids with special needs.
Transwestern Commercial Services today announces Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) is moving into a new 40,000-square-foot location at 25 Broadway that will serve as both the New York campus and national headquarters for the education nonprofit.
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.
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