Teachers can’t wait to build a more perfect union

In this guest post republished Tom Rademacher considers the difficulties with trying to build a more inclusive and open minded teachers’ union. In May of 2014 Tom was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He teaches writing and writes about teaching at Mr. Rad’s Neighborhood. ******************************* My union story is pretty typical. My mom worked her …

Ms. Harder’s ‘wish list’ for better serving students

In March 2007 a great teacher approached the microphone at a school board meeting to offer a few things she needed. I was taken by her insights because they were humbly stated, while also being elegant, reasonable, and born out of real experience. Her name is Brionna Harder and her reputation is amazing.  I visited her …

How to save a school without saving kids

The video above tells the exultant story of one community’s fight to save a beloved high school from closure. It’s narrated by a friendly female voice over slick graphics and fast transitions between copy-written messages that artfully define school reformers as bad guys and teacher unionists as defenders of community values. The narrator frames the story in a way …