When Great Teachers Leave, Look Inwards

Teachers leave. Good ones. Bad ones. Great ones. They leave. And when they leave, it forces us to reckon with the conditions that led them to their decision and what we can do about it. As the surge of teacher activism around the country over the past couple of years has indicated, there are larger political and systemic forces at play. Class sizes, teacher salaries, access to support staff like nurses and social workers, volume of time and priority given to standardized tests. The list of concerns is long and valid. These are all things that need to be addressed to keep teachers and elevate the profession, but these fixes rest largely at a systemic level. Yes, there are some minor tweaks a

Envisioning Excellent Instruction

There are a million ways to be an excellent teacher. And a million practices and moves that a teacher does to create that excellent instruction. Instinctively, we know this. We can probably recall at least a handful of teachers from our own educational experiences that, now looking back with our educator’s lens in hindsight, we would call excellent. (Not just the ones we liked the most at the time who we thought were awesome.) Are any of them carbon copies of each other? Do any of their methods and practices feel prescribed? If we were to apply our current definition of excellent instruction from the schools where we teach and lead, would any of them check all of the boxes? It wasn’t their a

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