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As a veteran educator in Columbia, South Carolina, my school has invested much time and energy into raising the expectations for our students over the past several years by raising our academic standards. But that alone is not enough; equally as important to ensuring all...

Every year, regardless of my students' ability levels, I start with community class time. Community class time is when students learn trust, seek help, and gain the skills to be responsible in their daily lives. If we want our children to master high academic standards,...

I am excited to be an educator in a state that so strongly supports initiatives for college and career readiness. In Tennessee, we have made these initiatives a priority by identifying them in our strategic plan under the heading “High School and Bridge to Postsecondary.”...

I spent many years in school just “doing work” but not having a deep understanding of the concepts or how they connected to the real world. For example, I vividly recall learning the process of factoring in Algebra using the acronym FOIL (first, outside, inside,...

It’s five a.m. in a brightly lit studio as I stretch out and awaken my muscles. My sister-in-law is a trainer, and whenever I visit her, I like to take her classes. I watch her set up the room with kettlebells (her favorite, not mine),...