Greetings everyone. I’ve been away for a bit — busy with an Illinois Writing Project conference, working on a new book on teaching and learning with social action, and helping with Restorative Justice at Farragut HS in Chicago.
But I’ve also gained a breakthrough with the press in Chicago and I need help! I’ve worked out a plan with editorial page editors at the Chicago Sun-Times to run a bi-weekly series of essays by Chicago teachers in the web edition of the newspaper. This is a major opportunity for teachers to tell their own story to the public, to counter all the negative, misinformed news about public education and teachers.
Essays must be by practicing classroom teachers in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, and no longer than 600 words. I’m seeking pieces that both
- speak to current education issues that the editors want to hear about (standards, testing, teacher evaluation, school closings, diversity, school climate),
- and provide snapshots of powerful teaching and learning — since so much of the public has no idea what we really do in our work.
If you are a Chicago-area teacher and wish to write, or know someone who is and does, please contact me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org & I’ll send detailed guidelines.
This is a great opportunity to get thoughtful teacher voices to the wider public, rather than just on blogs and websites that only other teachers see.
Teacher Voice, Teacher writing