Category: Teachers & Leaders

No Thanks Mr. President. I Will Never Be an Expert With a Gun in School, Even With Your Offer

President Trump, I heard about your offer to allow teachers to carry guns in schools. You even offered us training to be an expert in the use of them, and we will get a bonus, too! That is a first for this teacher. After all, bonuses for experts in the educational field are few and far in-between. Let me consider…

Proposed tax reform falls short of Constitutional guarantees

I ended a lesson discussing the American Constitution with my head spinning a bit today. Leave it to middle school students to bring raw reality to life through poignant comments about their concerns and aspirations, which they believe are not being currently addressed by their government. Though my students bought in to the ideal that our government was designed by…

Coffee Break: Denver Board of Education President Anne Rowe on how innovation zones are empowering schools to reach new levels of student achievement

For several months, ed reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Washington DC are successfully Reinventing America’s Schools. As a Denverite, who has worked in Denver Public Schools as well as the district’s charter sector, it’s been nice to see the Mile High…

TIME hid the face of one woman on its Person of the Year cover, and it could have been #MeToo

On Wednesday, Time named the Silence Breakers—those who raised their voices against the prevalence of sexual harassment—as its 2017 Person of the Year.  Another brave voice is Marilyn Anderson Rhames, an educator, writer, thought leader and social entrepreneur. She is founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based nonprofit that has more than 100 chapters nationwide, including two in…