As a mother of six kids, there are so many different teachers to whom I entrust my children day after day. And now, as we approach the end of the school year (sob!), I need to write…to you to tell you how much I respect and admire you and all that you do. First, for my youngest daughters’ teachers in nursery school. I believe nursery school teachers are a special breed. For the first time, our kids are away from home, and you become their out-of-the-house fearless leader. You teach them… >> Read More
As the school year draws to a close, chances are you're busy with end-of-year performances, ordering items to check off the summer camp packing list, and finalizing vacation and childcare…arrangements. But before school's officially out for summer, please be sure to properly thank your child's teachers. In addition to, you know, caring for and educating your kid, a teacher may have touched your child's life in ways you may not even know. Take the story of one Brooklyn boy, Shawn Carter — who's better… >> Read More
Chen Miller is a special education teacher in Israel. Her story, however, is extra inspiring because she was a student in special education classes as well. In a video recently posted to the popular…Facebook Page Soul Mama, Miller revealed that she couldn't read or write until she was in 5th grade. Because of this, she felt as if she would never amount to anything. Now that she's a teacher, Miller explains how she uses her own experience to help her students, particularly one boy who said that everyone knows… >> Read More
"In a place where there is no good person, strive to be a good person."—Pirkei Avot (Jewish wisdom text)
This teaching feels very timely today.
Last night, as the election results became…clear, I went on a walk around the block and thought about all the moon above us has seen, and what this moment means in the context of longer history. I grieve at this victory for hatred, but more importantly, I feel the imperative to fight on behalf of love, and on behalf of those… >> Read More
Aram Rubenstein-Gillis is a music teacher at Elysian Charter School in New Jersey, and he's written the perfect anti-bullying song. It's called “All In.” It's a call not just for kids, but for…everyone to stand against bullying--and in order to do that, be more empathetic. The school, which is located in Hoboken, first released the song during National Bullying Prevention Month last month, and is sharing it again during the final weeks of the presidential election--since it's been an election full of intimidation and bullying. If anything, this… >> Read More