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8 months ago

Why is it important that we all have equal access to technology? How do we get equal access including both infrastructure and the information to make the best use of technology? Stories of how technology been helpful to students and how a lack of technology has been limiting for students would be valuable for other students to see. Technology is often considered to be a given for everyone while the reality is that technology is not equally available and equally used by everyone.

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8 months ago

Accessibility is the foundation of belonging; of community. Often our environments create challenges for users who have disabilities or challenges apart from the "norm". How can we as educators, create classrooms, communities and learning tasks that support, welcome, all learners?

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6 months ago

How do we modify our schools, our classrooms and our instruction to reflect and instill the 21st century skills needed to be successful in college and the work place? Is it possible that some content, some pedagogy, scheduling, and the like are simply out-dated and not truly benefiting the learner of today? Are five day school weeks needed? Should start times change? How might education be re-branded/re-shaped in order to truly engage kids in learning and becoming self-sufficient thinkers?

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Often, when we talk about engaging in tough conversations with students--specifically regarding issues around equity, diversity, and social justice--a common refrain I hear from teachers is that it can be difficult to "find the time." While I understand the demands that pre-determined curricula have on our time with students, I believe whole-heartedly that we find time for what we value most. If we truly value engaging in these difficult conversations and deeply exploring issues like these with our students, we would be able to find the time to embed them within our classroom, no matter what subject we teach. So how might we do this? In what ways can we "find the time" to have these incredibly valuable--and I would argue, absolutely necessary--conversations with students?

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Teach our FUTURE for the FUTURE!
Ciji T • Rineyville Elementary School

5 months ago

The challenge that affects me the most is the idea that educators are teaching our 21st learners as they were taught. By doing this, there is a huge disservice being paid. Our students are our future and should be taught as such. Our days should not be filled with reading from a textbook or completing worksheets quietly. Where is the FIRE? Where is the PASSION. Educators teach/live in fear of the administration. Administrators work/live in fear of the Superintendent. The Superintendent works/live in fear of the school board....and the chain moves on. But, I can't help but ask, when are we going to fear NOT doing what is best for our kids

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