Stories From Educators

Educators share experiences and innovations.

Permaculture Helps Us Remember Who We Are
by Lilian Hill
Lilian Hill has a vision that the next generation of Hopi people will be healthy and find solutions to the challenges they face. Through Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture, she reconnects Hopi people of all ages to traditional farming and ecological wisdom.
Putting Teen Health First
by Judy Pruim
Social worker Judy Pruim takes you behind the scenes at Muskegon High's Teen Health Center at —a place where students feel safe, and their success and well being are supported. This is Judy's story.
Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom
by Sarah Anderson
Sarah Anderson writes of her unexpected journey of becoming a teacher and how place-based education has helped her empower her students and strengthen democracy in her community.
Changing the Course of Dyslexia
by Bob Broudo
President and headmaster Bob Broudo of Landmark School passionately believes that we have a civic responsibility to help students with language-based learning disabilities discover who they are as learners and how they can learn.
My Greatest Teaching Moment
by Jesse Hagopian
High school history teacher Jesse Hagopian celebrates the moment when his students started making their own history.
When You Tell Them My Story, Please Mention That I Like Flaming Hot Cheetos
by Charles Sanderson
Rich, stuck-up hippies. Racist gun-loving trailer trash. Two teachers try to bridge the divide between their rural and urban middle schoolers by having them write each other’s narratives in poetry form.
Weathering Walker's Storm: Staying Positive in Wisconsin
by Jean Abreu
Jean Abreu talks candidly about Wisconsin Governor Walker's legislation, and how her school community in Wisconsin pulled together to protect what they worked so hard to create.
Tales of a Beginning Teacher
by Brendan Clarke
Brendan Clarke reflects on his first day of teaching, and why he left the classroom to rebuild our connection with the natural world.
Horses as Healers
by Lorna Shepardson
What do you do with a teenager who’s angry, depressed, disconnected, or all of the above? Lorna Shepardson knows a magical gift horses possess that can help bring young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story.
Get Your Skysight On!: How to Change the Way We Perceive the World
by Daniel Dancer
Oregon artist and teacher Daniel Dancer helps young people understand how animals, Earth, and humans are connected. By being part of a human painting, students are instilled with the power to change the world and protect endangered species.
Getting Inside the Heads of Students With Asperger Syndrome
by Dan Coulter
How do you help a student with Asperger Syndrome discover his strengths and thrive in the classroom? Dan Coulter helps teachers understand what goes on inside the head of a student with Asperger Syndrome.
Want Successful Students? Meet the Parents
by Girlie Forman
Girlie Forman shares her personal experience, her sense of humor, and food to connect with her high school students—and their families.
Powerful Learning Grows in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward
by David Ferris
Our School at Blair Grocery meets crises with open eyes, humble hearts, and social entrepreneurship.
Teens Care for Their Local River, Their Way
by Peter Donaldson
How do you get teens to care for their local watershed? Peter Donaldson’s carrot is the opportunity to produce smart, hip videos and be the on-air expert.
¡Hola! The Future Is Now
by Michelle Contreras
First grade teacher Michelle Contreras uses two-way Spanish immersion and touch therapy to connect with her students.