November. It’s the month when things get very real. The glow of a new school year is almost assuredly faded or completely out. The challenges of being a teacher are front and center. Even those of us who are off ...

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for Gary and me.  We have known for quite a while that our book, The Teacher and The Admin: Making Schools Better for Kids would be a reality at some point, but ...

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The more I read and write about education, the more it has become apparent that seemingly every article is a highlight reel. While I have shared my failures from time to time, much of my own writing has talked about ...

I had the opportunity last week to connect with two former students, students from my first teaching job some twenty years and three Districts ago. Sharing stories, offering advice, learning from each other, made these interactions magical and emotional.  It ...

I’ll start with a personal apology to my students. The first week of a new school year is so important to me. I want you all to be excited about coming to my class, safe with the knowledge that you ...

What can I do to better to be a servant leader?  This was the question that swirled in my head after a scorching July day in New York City spent in the presence of greatness. When a friend mentioned that ...

One would think that if you spend over 20 years in the teaching profession that you would pretty much see everything. But, that’s the hidden blessing–among the many–about the profession. If you allow it, each year is different; not only ...

By Colleen Mannion, Teacher and Sean Mannion, Student How often do we reach out to our students and ask them how they feel? I’m fortunate enough to have an incredible 15-year-old brother who I absolutely adore and for the first ...

June in New York is a magical time. Trees in full bloom, tomato plants doubling in size by the day, swimming pools opening, and long nights that make it feel as if someone forgot to turn off the lights as ...