When I realized I couldn’t answer the questions posed about two of my own poems on the Texas state assessment tests (STAAR), I had a flash of panic—oh, no! Not smart enough. I checked to see if anyone was looking. The questions began to swim on the page. Waves of insecurity. My brain in full spin.
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Standing with Standing Rock
A role play on the Dakota Access PipelineBy Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
A high school social studies teacher centers Standing Rock Sioux history and leadership in a unit on resistance to DAPL.
Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us
Critiquing cartoons and societyBy Linda Christensen
Students analyze cartoons from Popeye to Brave to see how media teaches children white- and male-supremacist ideas.
Unfolding Hope in a Chicago School
By Gregory Michie
A middle school teacher describes the trauma experienced by his students over the year and struggles to create meaningful hope rather than slogans.
"I See Birds Everywhere I Go"
Engaging urban students in the natural worldBy Ellen Royse
A science teacher in Washington, D.C., overcomes her students’ fear of nature by turning them into avid birdwatchers.
Advocating for Arabic
An interview with Lara KiswaniBy Jody Sokolower
The executive director of San Francisco’s Arab Resource and Organizing Center describes the successes and obstacles for a community-based campaign to offer Arabic language instruction in the district’s schools.
I Can’t Answer These Test Questions About My Own Poems
By Sara Holbrook
Sara Holbrook’s poems appear on the Texas STARR tests. Her efforts to answer the questions about her own poetry expose the narrowness of standardized testing.
High school exit testing in the age of “college and career readiness”By Stan Karp
Using the experience of high school exit testing in New Jersey as an example, Stan Karp analyzes the gross negative impact of these high-stakes tests on students and schools.
How the edTPA Disrupts Relationships
Reclaiming our visions and integrityBy Mara Sapon-Shevin, Sue Novinger Robb
The edTPA has become a credentialing requirement in many states. Its implementation has distorted relationships throughout teacher education.
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