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This One Is for the Teachers

Lindsay Henry | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Lindsay Henry

A time where we focus our eyes and spotlights and applause on the students who successfully pushed through the exams, the essays, the sports games, the drama, to walk across a stage and receive that diploma. To graduate.

A Tale of Two Teachers

Maureen Costello | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Maureen Costello

The two most important days of school might well be the first and the last. On the first day, teachers work hard to set expectations, start routines and establish a certain tone.

What I Wish I Could Write In My Students' Yearbooks

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Kristy L. Moore

How can I summarize, Student, everything you have meant to me over the past eight months in just one little yearbook blurb? I have put so much energy into you -- into being able to teach you to the best of my ability. Yes, I will sign your yearbook. And I will never forget you.

A Teacher's Last Day of School

Amber Kane | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Today I have to talk about goodbyes. I hate goodbyes, I'm not really sure who likes them, but more than goodbyes, I hate being vulnerable, and lately, tears seem to just come springing out of my eyes, with little warning.

Teacher Lets 9-Year-Old Student Shave Her Hair After Boy Was Bullied For His Haircut

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.22.2015 | Good News

This teacher's mix of spontaneity and compassion deserves an A+. Tori Nelson, a teacher at Winlock Elementary School in Washington, found Matthew F...

Quitting the "Quitting the Field" Story: Saying Good-bye to the "Former Teacher" Title

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Abby Rosmarin

As I was cleaning out my guest bedroom, I came across two sets of glossy photos. Both are of me, taken at chest height and against a standard blue background. They're a little worse for wear - one has a circular dent in it - and both have accumulated a considerable amount of dust.

Blessed With The Best

Scarlett Kajala | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Scarlett Kajala

She is a gift to every student blessed with the opportunity to be in her class. I will be eternally grateful that my son was privileged enough to have such an extraordinary role model in his life.

Teacher of My Heart

Laura Davis Smith | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Laura Davis Smith

I came from a very poor family, on public assistance, and family life was exceedingly dysfunctional. I started 4th grade a day late. I walked into a class full of children I did not know, but it did not matter -- school was my safe place. And Mrs. Harrison was my shelter.

A Thank You to Kelly, An Amazing Educator, For Changing My Life

Amanda Barnard | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Amanda Barnard

Kelly is the type of educator who calls attention to the aspects of society most people would like to pretend do not exist; the type of educator who cares deeply for her students and their success. Kelly is the type of educator who changes the world, student by student.

The Teacher Who Helped Me Like Science

Meredith Noland | Posted 05.05.2015 | Teen
Meredith Noland

Science has always been one of my weakest areas in school until this year. Mrs. Pettijohn changed that for me. Mrs. Pettijohn teaches in a way in which you hang on to her every word, or at least I do.

A Gay 6-Year-Old's Thank You To His First Grade Teacher, 20 Years Later

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Marcos Saldivar

I firmly believe that without Lisa, the negative education statistics that plague Latino communities would have become my sobering reality. Instead, Lisa was one of the first people who recognized my potential and instilled in me a passion for learning.

The Teacher Is You

Ellen Rennard | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Ellen Rennard

At the end of every period, he read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn out loud -- so that by the end of the year, we'd heard the whole book. Of all the books I've read (lots), Huck is still my favorite because I can still hear him reading it.

The Wonderful School

Liz Madans | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Liz Madans

Yes, every classroom is different, and every school is different. It is like chasing a tigertail, trying to pin down what is wrong today. But at their heart, doesn't every school want to be a wonderful school?

Astoria Characters: The Editor of Eating

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.27.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Picky. It's not a word that Stacey Ornstein usually uses, but it's one that makes her plate too full.

Man Sends His Former Teacher $10,000 Check, You Know, Just To Tell Her She Rocks

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.10.2015 | Good News

Decades after graduating high school, a man gave back to a teacher who left a big impression on him. Almost forty years after she began teaching, ...

15 Illinois School Districts With the Top-Paid Administrators and Teachers

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Education in Illinois comes under much scrutiny. But in order to propose effective ideas to make the system better, Illinoisans should know what the current system looks like.

Why 'Your Child Is Not As Gifted As You Think' Is the Worst Thing a Teacher Can Say

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

This is not to say that I haven't heard this sentiment expressed many times in my 17 years as a teacher. But whenever I hear a teacher express this idea, I push back immediately, and I push back hard, for three reasons.

Formerly Homeless Teacher And Mom Of 3 Gets House Thanks To Internet Donations

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

A once-homeless teacher in San Francisco is now enjoying a roof over her family's head, thanks to the incredible support of the online community. L...

Dear Teacher

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Do you know how many doctors' appointments and autism therapy sessions she has sat through, watching everyone in the room fawn and flitter around her sister, Kate?

12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

Please know that both legally and ethically, there are times when I want to say something or agree with you but cannot for a multitude of reasons, usually pertaining to the privacy of another student. I will miss your child for the rest of my life, even if your child was incredibly difficult and made my days long and exhausting.

Joy Resmovits

This School District Is Hiring By The Thousands

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevad...

Meet 'Teacher,' The Futuristic Machine That's Going To Show You How To Draw

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts

Before we the design world knows it, skyscrapers will rotate, dresses will be 4-D printed, and bridges will be non-orientable. Oh, and tiny machines w...

This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.07.2015 | College

When public policies go into effect, they don't always seem rooted in empathy and compassion. That's one reason an educator at the University of San F...

Alena Hall

This Teacher Is Battling Homelessness, But Finds Strength In Her Students And Kids (How To Help)

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

For Raquel Tillett, the holiday season does not bring a bounty of presents beneath a tree or a feast on a decorated dinner table. Instead, this 44-yea...

How to Build a Successful School Technology Program

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive.