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Motivation Monday: Today

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Motivation Monday: The Key


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Motivation Monday: Work and Love


Motivation Monday: Mistakes


Real Corps Stories: Karega

Karega Bailey (D.C. Corps ’09) shares the story of his toughest moment in the classroom. The twist? His toughest moment later led to one of his most rewarding moments as a teacher.

Motivation Monday: Respect


Dear Students: A Letter from Your Teacher

On the last day of the school year, a Teach For America teacher spends her time on selfies and self-reflection.

The Power of Respecting Teachers

By: Marielle Emet (Baltimore ’06)

You know that scene in Mr. Holland’s Opus when he walks into the auditorium and suddenly realizes it is all about him? I had that moment. This past November I was told by my principal we were having an assembly with a lot of bigwigs to celebrate recent test scores. I created an alternative schedule, and grumbled about how this was going to throw off my unit plan. And then, about 10 minutes into the assembly (where I was mainly focused on getting a few key scholars to track the speaker) it turned out this was all a ruse: this was an assembly to give me the Milken Educator Award.

There were powerful people, quotes from kids, TV cameras, and a big check. I was in shock, people kept asking me how I felt and I was honestly (for the first time in my life, I think) at a loss for words. I was so surprised (this is not an award you apply for, and I didn’t even know I was in the running) but also in shock that my school family had done so much just to honor me, a teacher. After the camera crews left and I got back into the classroom–that was when the impact of this award took an unexpected turn.