Almost June

May 21st, 2020 – by Kelly Baird, Co-Founder and CEO of Flow to You   “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the hillside.” Maud Hart Lovelace  As this incredibly unique school year is drawing to a close (amid all the extreme effort that MAYCEMBER requires), […]

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Wow! What do you know…

May 14th, 2021 – by Christine Jacobs I used to think that I knew everything there was to know about teaching and students. I’ve been taking a class recently that has helped me realize that there are always new ways to help students become more independent and take ownership of their behavior in class. Conscious […]

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It’s the Small Things: Finding Peace with Our Busyness

April 30th, 2021 – by Ashley Causey How many times have we, as educators, perused our to-do list and have been so overwhelmed we had to pause and escape?  Maybe we had to have a vent session with a colleague or a quick burst of exercise to clear our mind.  These are examples of finding […]

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Finding Small Good Things – St. Daniel

April 8th, 2021 – by Trevor Scott Barton “There were deep wrinkles in the corners of her eyes and across her forehead.  They didn’t seem to be wrinkles of worry that he’d seen on his mami and abuelo’s faces as they worked the fields and lived among strangers in small southern towns.  No, they seemed […]

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Disrupting Our Assumptions About Our Own Failures

March 26, 2021 – By Pernille Ripp I have been thinking about how hard we can be on ourselves. The constant negative self-talk we, as educators, can quickly sink into due to the supposed reactions of children we teach. How we can spiral so easily into defeatist thinking. Into thinking, we would be better off […]

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Limitations or Possibilities?

March 11th, 2021 – by Anne Kelly Tromsness “Can we decorate our squares?” a tiny blonde person wearing a tie-dyed gaiter asks me mischievously.  “Yes. Today’s theme is – CELEBRATION.”  She runs to the center of our black box theatre classroom.  “GUYS! We’re decorating our SQUARES!” Eleven more students rush in to populate their own […]

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Equity Work is a Matter of Survival

February 17th, 2021 – by Dr. Shaniece Criss I smile every time I ride past the eight-story mural in downtown Greenville. It shows educator Pearlie Harris who served as the first black teacher at an all-white elementary school, which helped integrate Greenville County Schools over 50 years ago. On the mural, she is embracing children […]

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5 Steps for Improving Equity Advocacy

February 5th, 2021 – by P. Sloan Joseph If you search the internet or any social media platform, you will find equity is a hot topic. It is included in almost every keynote message at every conference in every state.  On Amazon.com, there are currently 783 books about educational equity available for purchase. With access […]

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Cultivating Self-Compassion as Educators by Ellen Hampshire

I am feeling…uncertain, anxious, lonely, exhausted, overwhelmed. These are the responses I’ve received from all levels of educators over the past nine months. We are experiencing a collective erosion of our mental and physical health and a toll on personal relationships in a way we’ve never experienced.  Poor mental health among educators was not born […]

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Lessons Learned by Shasta Looper

The return to school in 2020 brought a mixed bag of emotions for most educators I know. For me personally, I began to experience feelings and emotions that weren’t normally equated with the start of school in August. Typically, I would be full of excitement, eagerness, and anticipation about what the new year will hold. […]

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PEP Blog: Elevating Teachers

Public Education Partners is launching a new Elevating Teachers Blog. We are excited to welcome you to this space designed to share messages that uplift, encourage, and inspire educators. Consider it a virtual wellness room – a place where we can help cultivate resilience and empower each other in the midst of challenges and uncertainty. […]

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