|Think back. Which teacher is still your hero?|
- Rules are made to be broken: “Really good education is all about risk-taking and making a mess; learning is chaotic, right?” Michael Goodwin, English teacher at Concord Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, MA.
- Never teach to the test: “Exceptional test scores, brilliant job applicants, and competitive colleges should simply be by-products of great education, not the sole purpose of it.” Josh Anderson, debate coach at Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS.
- There is no such thing as an un-teachable child: “My students are kids just like any other kids. Of course they can learn. Of course they can love school. Of course they can build good relationships. Of course they have a voice. They just need to learn how to use it.” Julia King, math and reading at DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus in Washington, DC.
- The future is now: Technology has changed my teaching and directly affected my students’ learning. It is not that I consciously try to plan a lesson that has technology in it. It’s just that it’s woven in. It’s almost invisible.” Jo-Ann Fox, 4th grade teacher at Reidy Creek Elementary School in Escondido, CA.
- You can’t do it alone: “Success does not occur in isolation. It’s only because of the teacher next door, the teacher down the hall. It’s because of the secretaries. It’s because of the administration. It’s because of a whole staff working together to try and make good things happen. The magic formula in education is not hiring the right person. It’s hiring the right group of people who all want to achieve the same goals.” Jeffrey Charbonneau, science teacher at Zillah High School, Zillah WA.
Respond to Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jan Combs, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
- Stephanie Loane, Director of Elementary Education
- Tom Bell, Director of Special Education
- Jeff Harrison, Director of Educational Technology
- Phil Lederach, Director of Secondary Education