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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Friends Don’t Let Friends Commit Educational Malpractice

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership

My former assistant principal and all-around amazing human being, Molly Garcia, taught me about the importance of teachers undertaking a deep dive into brain research and why teachers need to understand how the brain learns.  She taught me that if

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Using My Teacher Voice

Leah Clark Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom

Last year I participated in our statewide teacher walkout. This experience changed my perspective in a myriad of ways. Marching to the capitol with thousands of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and supporters is one of the most memorable moments of

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The Educated Voter…Midterm Elections 11/6/18

Yolanda Wheelington Assessment, Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Uncategorized

One lesson that I think all educators across the valley can agree with is that it is critical for us to stay informed and involved in our legislative process. I think we also learned that in order to do this,

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