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American Teacher
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Celebrating educators who go far above and beyond the call of duty, American Teacher shines a spotlight on one of the most underappreciated, undercompensated, yet critically important professions in the world. Over the course of two years, Katrina Fried has interviewed and written the stories of 50 extraordinary teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade, selected from public and charter schools across the United States. The result is a collection of inspiring and informative first person-narratives accompanied by heartfelt letters from students and captivating portraits taken by celebrated photographers from around the country. Together, the profiles form a solution to the future of education.

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If I'm Bored, You Must Be Bored

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:58 PM

By Kristi Law

The first day of my first year in the Magnet program in 2002, I said to the students, "All right, guys. I want to see what you can do. Take a few minutes and write for me." One of the boys came up and said,...

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Character Counts: Observations From the Classroom

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:45 AM

By Julia King

I committed myself to working for social justice after reading Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities. As a college student I was deeply moved by his depiction of the second-class education inflicted upon our country's poorest children. While the causes of poverty are multi-faceted, ensuring fairness in...

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Be The Person You Want Your Students to Be

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:21 PM

By Rafe Esquith

The greatest challenge I face is to teach my students to be honorable in a dishonorable world. I want them to be decent even though they are growing up in an environment surrounded by indecency and a media that celebrates awful behavior. I've had kids who steal...

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