The VIVA opportunity was an amazing journey. That door opening allowed me to see across the country and into other classrooms. We sometimes teach in a bubble, where you are your own country, and being able to look into other classrooms (FL, TX, etc)…that experience has been profound. — Melony Smith-Wellington, Teacher, MET: Reflections from the Classroom
By Justin McGehee Junk mail. It looked exactly like junk mail. Okay, it only looked like junk mail for a second, but if I hadn’t given it a second glance, it would’ve been deleted. What a change that would’ve been. The subject line said something NEA something something Accountability something…or something. Probably just another FYI […]
By Nancy Kunsman In many of today’s school districts, teachers are handed lesson plan packets weekly. These packets include all the materials a teacher (or anyone for that matter) needs to stay on the district’s pacing calendar tract. This process means all sophomore English teachers across the district use the same materials each week, and teach the same lessons […]
By Janet Foster It started with an email. My inbox is replete with things that are sent to me without my permission. The fact is, I often don’t read them fully. I had my finger poised over the delete key while I was scanning an email from the NEA in October, when I read about […]
Freeda Pirillis, a first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, was a member of the very first VIVA Idea Exchange, Voices from the Classroom. For the last three years, she has been working with the Chicago Teachers Union to develop Common Core curricula. As she describes in this story on Chicago Public Radio, she was […]
By Paul Toner In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle of a huge paradigm shift in education. Over the past five years, the widespread adoption of the Common Core State Standards or some state variation of them has impacted every classroom in America–even in the handful of states that haven’t yet embraced them. […]
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