Exactly 54 months ago, I made the decision to create a space for educators where we could laugh, debate and share about what really happens in the classroom. For months I did all of the obligatory things to make sure that I could secure a strong “debut”. I secured a name for the site (alas The Educator’s Room), secured all of the appropriate social media channels, and started advertising for other teachers to write so the viewpoint would be diverse. Then, I did the hardest part- I waited.
During the wait, I approached teachers I worked with, but many were too scared to write about really happened once those metal doors to their school house closed. Slowly, I decided to use my new love for social media and over the past 54 months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 50 teachers/writers who believe that teachers are the experts in education. Those teachers have given up their planning periods, their time at home with their families, and even endured being written up by their principals-all because they wanted to write for us.
During this time together, we’ve all been through our own personal and professional highs and lows including (but not limited to):
Through all of these things that should have broken not only us individually but as a whole, we’ve realized that we are more than just people writing about our experiences- we are teachers on the front lines of making sure that the narrative of public education is being told accurately.
This year we had teachers who through the loss of spouse continued to write for us. Click To Tweet
As we start this beautiful year, in the year 2017, I hope we are able to continue to:
To all of our writers, I want to say a very public “THANK YOU” because you take time away from your students, family, and own hopes to pour into The Educator’s Room. Because of you, we’ve been able to move mountains with an almost non-existent budget and resources. I would like to take the time to thank the following writers for being total ROCK STARS for this entire year.
We’ve had teachers threatened to be written up by their principals for writing for us. Click To Tweet
Thank you to…
In the end, we pledge to continue to be here for teachers in 2017 just like we’ve done for the last 4 years. As always, we’d love to hear what you need for us this year. Happy New Year!
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