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Teaching in an Age of State…

2.26.14 by Travis Bristol (BTR Staff)

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the late American Black Freedom Struggle leader and anti-lynching activist, asserted, in 1900, that “OUR country’s national crime is lynching.”  In the face of the high profile cases in which a jury failed to convict Michael Dunn of first-degree murder stemming… [more]
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Journals about Water

2.25.14 by Gage Norris (Resident)

A few days ago, a fellow resident told me about a series of science lessons she’d planned for her students to read and learn about the properties of water. One of the lessons was a short experiment to see if they could get a… [more]
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The How and the Why

2.05.14 by Kayla Morse (BTR Graduate)

“How did I get here?”  I asked myself as I glanced around my empty classroom on last Friday evening. There were still pencils on the floor and books not quite put away, but I was ready to go, I was exhausted. So, I turned… [more]
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Relearning Perfectionism

2.02.14 by Gage Norris (Resident)

I’m a self-described perfectionist. I obsess over minor details and question them endlessly. I search for the perfect word, the perfect spot for each comma, the perfect melody, color, or shape. Then I choose one and question it all over again. I’m usually my… [more]
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A Day in the Life

1.24.14 by Leaf Elhai (Resident)

Over the last few months, I’ve had some great conversations with prospective BTR applicants who want to know about my experience with the program. These conversations usually start with big-picture questions: “What brought you to BTR?” “What’s the most challenging thing about teaching?” These… [more]
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Finding Balance

1.20.14 by Dinesh Ayyappan (Resident)

For many of us, winter break was incredible. It was a time to catch up with friends, do that side project we’d been putting off, read something just for fun, or purposefully do nothing. One Resident told me he felt like he had reclaimed… [more]
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Understanding Massachusetts…

1.10.14 by Jesse Solomon (BTR Staff)

As many of you know, Massachusetts has established a school accountability system which places schools in one of five levels.  While the names of these levels are straightforward (one through five), we have fielded a number of questions about how a school is placed… [more]
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Every Child Reading Proficiently…

12.11.13 by Jesse Solomon (BTR Staff)

Every year at BPE, we host an event called Principal Partners (it used to be called Principal for a Day).  During this day, we partner 150 leaders from the fields of business, higher education, hospitals, and nonprofits with Boston Public Schools principals.  These Principal… [more]
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The Important and the Urgent

11.06.13 by Leaf Elhai (Resident)

I don’t usually look to BuzzFeed-style online “top 20” lists for life-affirming wisdom.  A couple of weeks ago, though, I stumbled upon a “top 20” article that stuck with me: “20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do.”A lot of the skills on… [more]
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Little Stones

10.31.13 by Dinesh Ayyappan (Resident)

You know that Confucius quote? Bear with me. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. It just popped into my head and I was trying to connect it to teaching, but then I realized that teaching is a little… [more]
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