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’s 2021 Advocacy Agenda

Fellow advocates, To state the obvious, 2020 was a very difficult year for public education. I once heard the former long-time Executive Director of Spartanburg Academic Movement, John Stockwell, describe public schools as “the centers of gravity in our communities.” If I had doubted John’s words then – and I didn’t – the Covid-19 pandemic […]

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Elevating Teachers: Resources for Resilience

  After hosting Elena Aguilar this week, PEP’s Program Director, Qena Jennings, put together this Elena-inspired list of resources for building resilience – and yes, Brené Brown made the cut!   Resilience Tools from Elena Aguilar Onward Tools – Onward website with free downloadable tools to boost resilience We also cannot recommend her book ‘Onward’ […]

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