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'Break My Soul' Is the Perfect Summer Anthem for Burnt Out Teachers

Music, in general, just has this uncanny ability to transmit positive vibrations throughout our bodies. But I would take it a step further by saying that there are a handful of songs that are special...

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4 Ways School Leaders Can Address Teacher Burnout and Keep Talented Teachers in the Classroom

From the first day they stepped into their classrooms, educators have made personal sacrifices to help their students succeed. Whether they were purchasing school supplies with their own money or...

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It Didn't Take Long for My Students to Ask About the Buffalo Shooting

It didn’t take long for them to ask. Just a little bit of downtime and a student approached. “Mr. Wamsted, did you hear about the shooting in Buffalo?” All around the country, teachers went to school...

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3 Ways Schools Marginalize Asian Students

A spotlight has been shined on the treatment of Asian Americans for the worst possible reason. Hate crimes against Asians have risen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Some people have attributed...

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A Week of Free Donuts and Over-The-Top Accolades Doesn't Make Up for the Disrespect Many Teachers Face

Teacher Appreciation Week has always been one of those annual celebrations where I’ve questioned how much love people really have for teachers. I know there are some folx who truly appreciate the...

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We Can't Prioritize Whiteness at the Expense of American Democracy

Around the country, from Pennsylvania to Texas, white parents and groups like Parents Defending Education, are flexing their caste-given societal muscles against anything that looks remotely like...

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