By Zachary F. Wright The room is dimly lit when you enter, a short ramp leading you further into the darkness. Five prison cells await. Old. Wooden with iron bars and solid padlocks. Within, ghostly apparitions come into focus. Old women. Young men. A child. All shackled. Their eyes find yours. And they tell… Continue reading A Visit to Montgomery, Alabama
By Lauren Matlach, Daniela Fairchild, and Sarah Whiting We’ve all witnessed the education blame game. Our education system is imperfect and, at times, it’s easier to blame someone else than to own the part we play in failing our students. Over the past few years, teacher preparation programs have become a favorite punching bag of… Continue reading What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?
By Blake Harvard If you’ve ever ventured into the land of edchats on Twitter, you’ve probably experienced the feeling of seeing someone tweet information that you either disagree with or know to be false. How/when do you potentially question this person respectfully to ask about their tweet? What do you say? Recently on twitter I… Continue reading Guest Post: A Teacher’s Advice on Opposing the Herd in EdChats
The writer of this story is a Rhode Island mother who has requested to remain anonymous. Given the sensitive nature of the topic, Good School Hunting has decided to honor that request. The minute your child is born you form a protective bubble. You don’t want anyone to hurt them and if you are like… Continue reading A Mother’s Story About Bullying
By Lane Wright Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized tests actually help students? The short answer: Standardized tests are a spotlight that helps education leaders see what effect schools are having on students. With that information they can make changes to address students’ needs.… Continue reading Does Standardized Testing Help Students?
By Letitia Chavez-Garcia You may recall that I wrote a piece about the teacher whose rant about the military went viral on social and other media. His name is Gregory Salcido. Mr. Salcido was released from his position as teacher at the El Rancho Unified School District. A news report from Tuesday confirms that the board… Continue reading Teacher’s Anti-Military Rant Leads to Firing
By Dirk Tillotson Many of us first heard the name University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for their historic upset of a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, however, there is an even more historic lesson there, with a far greater impact, and one I hope we learn from. Outside of hoops, UMBC is… Continue reading The UMBC Victory that is Even More Improbable than a 16 Seed Beating a 1
By Zachary Wright By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches, visitors from educational non-profit organizations, principals and assistant principals, no fewer than 15 times. Each visit resulted in formal observation ratings, and feedback on specific areas of my teaching strengths as well… Continue reading I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible
Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.
By Leticia Chavez-Garcia If you are outraged by the words and actions of Gregory Salcido (the Pico Rivera councilman who is also a teacher at El Rancho High School), you have every right to be. But I have some bad news for you about Mr. Salcido. He is not an anomaly. In fact, most people would be shocked and… Continue reading California Teacher Tells Students That People in the Mlitary are Dumb**** and “The Lowest of Our Low”