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Promoting respect for the profession of teaching is a must. We cannot let disrespect for teachers get by after everything they do and all of the hard work they put in. We need to have a balance between giving teachers…

In Response to: Last Word on Coming Together

If we are failing to meet standards but have policies in place that are not being enforced, then we must find ways to bridge the gap between policy and classroom teaching. The article mentions cultural fit being a higher priority…

In Response to: The State of Teacher Talent Practices

Interesting conversation between Mr. Bradford and Mr. Deasy. A point they both agree on is that we must make our teachers feel valued. Mr. Deasy said we must strive for teachers to feel like “I am contributing, and I matter.”…

In Response to: Civil Discourse in Action — with John Deasy and Derrell Bradford

I could not agree more with the conclusion of this article. I am hopeful that we will develop our policymaking in ways that advances the needs of educators to better suit their abilities in the classroom. It is true that…

In Response to: Last Word on Coming Together

This seems so backwards. If anything, teachers should be prepared above and beyond what they might end up facing in the classroom. As policymakers we need to create high-rigor experiences to prepare teachers. Of course, authentic classroom settings are hard…

In Response to: How will professionalization impact teaching?

Anastasia brought up some very important points in this article. One that stood out to me the most was, “An ecosystem of supportive coalitions is instrumental in promoting lasting transformation in education.” This is such a vital part of growth…

In Response to: A Graduate Student’s Perspective from the Civil Discourse Dinner at Pepperdine University

Being a teacher could be such an overwhelming profession, and without proper guidance and support it could seem undoable. We must treat teachers as students first, because each teacher first needs to be a student and learn what they need…

In Response to: How will professionalization impact teaching?

“Schools experiencing the highest rates of turnover tend to be low-income, majority students of color, urban and rural public schools.” What can we do as policy makers to better equip teachers and educators in schools with the highest turnover rates?…

In Response to: Current State of Teacher Workforce

We must continue to meet students where they are...

— Hanna Skandera, Editor-in-Chief, The Line