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Author: Joseph Fatheree

Professional Learning:  Anytime and Anywhere

Recently, while on a trip to Washington, DC, I experienced one of the best professional learning opportunities of my career. My classroom was located in one of the thousands of taxi cabs that travel the floor of the city much like a colony of ants in the Brazilian rainforest.  The teacher; an Indian cab driver from Bombay.  His lesson centered around the importance of people learning how to overcome the barriers of racial divide to address the needs of humanity.  The message was powerful.  Components of the discussion will find their way into my classroom this fall.  I only wish...

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Children Don’t Have to Fear the Future

The Problem My classroom bubbled with anticipation as the final bell of the year came to life. I turned my attention to some pressing paperwork as students emptied the building for summer vacation. The door closed. The room filled with silence. Lost in work, I was startled by a soft whimper. I raised my head to discover one of my seniors sitting across the room staring out the door. Tears streamed down her face. I walked over and asked what was wrong. Her answer still troubles me. “I’m afraid to walk out this door. I have no idea what...

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Fake News is a Real Threat to the Next Generation of Leaders

Imagine the unthinkable. Turmoil and disillusion envelope the White House. Public support for the President of the United States plummets. The press rushes forward to cover the event when an unsuspected war breaks out. Against all odds, the beaten president rises from the ashes to valiantly protect America’s interest. The 4th estate writes the story into legend as public support skyrockets. However, there is a problem. The war isn’t real. White House staff members hired a Hollywood producer to create a “fake war” in order to shift public attention away from the president’s issues long enough to get him reelected. Audiences chuckled in...

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Maybe It’s Just That Simple

I host a Virtual Coffee House conversation once a month with the Vareky Teacher Ambassadors.  The teachers in the ambassador program have been  identified as some of the top educators in the world by the Vareky Foundation as part of the Global Teacher Prize. Our most recent conversation focused on the Sustainable Development Goals that were created by the United Nations and how teachers can empower students with the skills they need to make the goals a reality. It was amazing to have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with teachers from literally every part of the world whose lives...

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