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"In Their Own Words" originated from the desire to better understand teachers’ ideas — to hear them describe their experiences in their own voices, unfiltered. So, we closely analyzed what teachers were saying online from January to May 2014, gathering a collection of statements teachers wrote themselves. This booklet shares these teacher narratives with you.
As a high social studies teacher, I have the weighty responsibility of introducing the students in my rural school in Kentucky to historical, civic, geographical, and economic issues that are quite often beyond the scope of their day-to-day lives.
Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep and deliberate engagement is essential to success.”
When teachers get together, there’s nothing they can’t do. That’s why we’ve supported the creation of a robust community where teachers can build relationships with one another, swap ideas, and share meaningful feedback.
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