Category: Teachers & Leaders

Teachers and students don’t need out-of-school suspensions

Students of color and students with disabilities continue to be suspended at significantly higher rates than their peers. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently reported the astonishing data, confirming similar findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office this past March. Sadly, Colorado is no exception, particularly as it relates to its youngest learners. And that’s precisely why…

We can’t give teachers jail time for going on strike. But we can give them more money so they don’t have to strike in the first place.

With Teacher Appreciation Week just around the corner, two of Colorado’s highly educated legislators are showing just how much they appreciate teachers in the Centennial State. In fact, Sen. Bob Gardner from Colorado Springs and State Rep. Paul Lundeen from Monument love and respect teachers so much, they’re offering jail time to any teacher who even thinks about spending his…

Senators, In Answer to Your Question, Rallying at the State Capitol Was a Good Use of My Time

I met with a few senators at the state Capitol this week who asked me if there were better things I could have been doing with my time on a Monday afternoon. My first thought was “sure, I would rather be with my students.” Then in a blink of an eye, I rethought that answer. Actually no, using my teacher…

We Need to Teach the Behaviors We Value

As a mother of teenage boys and an educator of young children, I recognize the many developmental differences between the children I teach and the children I parent. But the effects of suspension and expulsion are virtually the same. Last December, my 13-year-old son was asked to leave his private school.  The tangled combination of his Attention Deficit Disorder, social-emotional…