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My First Year Teaching – The Courage to Teach with Gratitude

Teaching is a challenging endeavor. With all the demands on a teacher’s time and energy, it is easy to lose the enthusiasm that brought us into the classroom. The situation is not getting any easier with new requirements added to our load, including standardized testing and dealing with changing curriculums. My first year teaching, I  Continue Reading »

Courageously Speaking and Listening In Schools

photo via Valery Kenski on flickr Have you ever felt the fingernails of words scraping on your skin? Have words ever maligned or ridiculed you? Many of us have felt that type of abuse. It seems to be rampant throughout our digital spaces. Our playgrounds are hurting. That’s one issue to address. A second is  Continue Reading »

New Leaf Leadership Academy: Where High Schoolers Learn Lessons for All of Life’s Journeys

Refocusing Education “I was so used to a traditional school where if I didn’t know the answer I’d just ask the teacher. But Rona makes me figure it out myself. It’s important to live through your own questions, and find your own answers—it’s more meaningful!” said Amanda Rainey, a high school senior at the New  Continue Reading »

Classroom Management: Developing your Signature Approach

My first year of teaching, kids hid equipment in garbage cans, cursed at me under their breath, and got into fights when I wasn’t looking. They pushed my buttons so much that I had an intense pain in my jaw for the entire year. Even last week, after years of teaching, I fell into a  Continue Reading »

Teaching: Thriving Not Surviving

Did you get in teaching to help kids and make a difference in the world? Are you finding it difficult to stay the course? Unrealistic state standards and testing, budget cuts, large class sizes, and an all-time low in respect for teachers are constantly putting the squeeze on our minds and spirits. How do we  Continue Reading »

A Call to Teach for Equity

Some say education is the civil rights issue of our time. Robert Moses, of the Algebra Project, says children are the civil rights issue of this century. “In this 21st Century,” he said, “we need to include the children. They need to have a constitutional right to an education in this country.” Teaching for Equity  Continue Reading »

Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” Gives Strength to Teacher & Students

For five years I worked at a “persistently failing” elementary school in West Philadelphia. More than 90 percent of my students received free or reduced lunch, and many were exposed to violence in their home and in their neighborhood. Over the years, I hardened myself to navigate the trials and tribulations associated with the violence,  Continue Reading »

100 Reasons to Love Teaching With Heart

Today we’re proud to announce the debut of Teaching With Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach. Here is a reflection by Rick Jackson, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, who helped the editors select the final stories from hundreds of wonderful submissions. (Learn more about the book.) As I page through Teaching with Heart:  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #34 – May 2014

Flight from the Shadow by Chuang Tzu There was a man who was so disturbed by the sight of his own shadow and so displeased with his own footsteps that he determined to get rid of both. The method he hit upon was to run away from them. So he got up and ran. But  Continue Reading »

Final Cover and Reviews for “Teaching With Heart”

We’re excited to announce that we have the final book cover for our forthcoming poetry book, “Teaching With Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach,” edited by Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner, sponsored by the Center for Courage & Renewal. “Teaching with Heart” is full of poems and brief commentaries and stories sent in  Continue Reading »