Stories Without Endings, Part 1: Jonathan

TU member Carinna Tarvin's newest post for her blog is the first in a series of stories about former students. Carinna starts with Jonathan, who she met “when he finally decided it was time to come to class." She points out that “we lose students at the end of each year and rarely find out what becomes of them,” but thankfully with Jonathan that is not the case.

Click the title not only to read Carinna’s honest, relatable reflections as a teacher but also to get to know Jonathan.

Back to School: Talking Love and Hate in the Classroom

TU member Ryan Davenport plans for a new school year and the need for intentional conversations beyond academics. As students join us after witnessing the violence in Charlottesville, Ryan contents that they "need to be taught both how we show love in our schools and the appropriate way to disagree and dislike."

Read on to see how Ryan seeks to frame these conversations as well as some resources from other educators and experts.

After Charlottesville: Having Tough Conversations in an Age of Extremism

TU Director of Government Relations Nate Bowling tackles the role of teachers as the first line of defense against extremism. For Education Week, Nate offers insight into his own experiences, contending that "we as teachers have a responsibility, whether we want it or not, to identify and intervene in the lives of students we think are drifting toward radicalization."

Click the title to get some insight into how Nate has addressed this with his own students and how we can take steps to do the same.

Let’s Talk about Racism in the Spanish Classroom: Part One

In her newest post for her site la PROFE PARIAS, TU Member Alissa Farias offers a personal perspective on discussing racism with her students: "I am writing this for those out there who find themselves in the same situation as myself, wanting to talk about race and the hate messages with our students. [...] However, we have no idea where to begin, how to do it and what to say."

Click the title to read more from Alissa and get some resources for leading these discussions in your own classroom and school.

Let’s Get (YA) Lit(erature)!

Rachel Wiley, TU Director at Large, shares some of her recent Young Adult fiction finds -- "I wanted to really delve into the YA lit that my students have read, loved, and recommended to me, so that I might be able to recommend books to students in a way that makes them come alive too."

Click the title to check out Rachel's post at her personal blog wildandfreewiley and get some book recommendations that have something to offer to students and adults alike.