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#FirstDays Beyond the Four-Hour Block

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Education, Education Policy, Literacy, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

We were asked to introduce ourselves in our blogs this week, and that feels funny, since this is the sixth (or seventh?) year I have had the opportunity to contribute to Stories from School Arizona. This will be my 25th

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Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Fifteen years?

Leah Clark Teacher Leadership

“Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Fifteen years?” This classic question is asked by potential bosses in interviews frequently. Interviewees often provide a bright description of their future advancing up the ladder, taking on more responsibility,

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An End to Civil Discourse: One Teacher’s Response to HB2002

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Parent Involvment, Professional Development, Social Issues

Remember how I reminded us to trust, but verify?  HB20002 was the first education bill dropped this session.  It is a bill outlining a ban against teachers discussing any political issues, court cases, and/or current legislation in school. I don’t

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Trust, but Verify

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

I am alternately hopeful, terrified, and jubilant.  I check Twitter obsessively.  My anxiety is easily triggered.  It must be time for the Arizona legislative session.  Even in a state known for wacky and colorful political antics, it promises to be

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A Holiday Wish List for ELD Equity

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Literacy, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

It’s that time of year when the child within us develops a dreamy, far-off look, and her eyes begin to gleam. Sugar plums? A Red Ryder BB gun?  A new laptop? A roof rack and two kayaks? Creating a holiday

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Riding the #EdWave and Diving Deeper into Teacher Leadership

Amethyst Hinton Sainz Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership, Uncategorized

Last spring, when 70,000 teachers flooded the Capitol to make five demands known, there were as many leaders as followers. Educators flexed the bullhorn, organized a band, wrote initiatives, arranged meetings with lawmakers, trained people to circulate petitions, set up

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