It’s a rare person who hasn’t dreaded walking into their classroom some days, too mentally drained to deal with the routine. It’s normal to admit you have moments of boredom, struggle with disconnected ideas and feel the sting of rejection.
So what lies at the end when…
Teenager Amy O’Toole was only 7 when her teacher asked her class if they wanted to train bees to play.
“Our imagination went into overdrive,” O’Toole recalled. The boys wanted to teach the insects how to play football, while the girls argued for a dance routine.…
When you’re one of the first female photographers to be published in “National Geographic” — a job that has sent you to 150 countries — what comes next?
For Annie Griffiths, the answer lay in her advice to others: “Surround yourself with people who are better than you. You…
When Vinnie Vrotny was growing up, his father gave him many “gifts,” as he called them — hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and toolboxes full of the nuts and bolts to create and fix his own inventions.
But the most valuable gift his father ever gave him was something that he…
Miles Rasmussen has scrambled up wicked, winding trails of crumbling scree to reach peaks offering spectacular views of the Willamette Valley. He’s waded through streams, rivers and the frigid Pacific Ocean — from California to Canada — in search of fish and other water creatures.…
Nicholas Provenzano has learned a lesson that he's determined to pass along to students: Failure is often the first step toward extraordinary success.
“I want students to do one, big gigantic failure at one point or another,” this English teacher and technology curriculum…
Most teachers could introduce LeVar Burton without cue cards. For a quarter century “Reading Rainbow,” the literacy television program he produced and hosted, inspired kids to find the magic sandwiched between the pages of a book.
The public’s response translated to more than…
Ruha Benjamin sees schools as laboratories of democratic participation, where society incubates a better world in the hearts and minds of its students.
That’s why elementary schools are in a better position to teach equality than personnel departments or…
In November 2015 — when Marley Dias was only 11 years old — her mother, Janice Johnson Dias, asked her a question: “What would you change about 2015?”
Marley’s answer to that question launched an international movement that is bringing much-needed diversity to reading curriculum…