A Memo from the Foster Care Lady

TU Member Skylar Cole shares her perspective as an Education Specialist for Treehouse and how we can work toward providing better supports for students in foster care.

Without intervention, 57% of Washington’s foster youth do not graduate. The stakes of failure are high; homelessness is a looming possibility for alumni of care. Graduation is essential, but it cannot be the only end game for my students--these youth need a personally meaningful plan and attainable goals for the future, a reason to try despite the deck stacked high against them.

Extra, Extra, Read all about It!

TU Member Rachel Wiley contributes her latest post to Corelaborate, this time on teaching students about credible sources. Like many of us, her "students are feeling unsure about who or what they can trust. They are wondering if any news article is real or if it is all just sensationalized propaganda."

Click the title to read about the instructional strategies Rachel employs to help students "navigate this whole new world of fact-fact vs. alternative-facts."

Trump Persuadables: My Evolving, More Pragmatic Worldview

Nate Bowling, TU Director of Government Relations, with his latest post for his blog A Teacher's Evolving Mind.

Click the title to see what he has to say about having a thoughtful and engaged citizenship in which "folks like us have to talk to folks like them about our collective future."

Educators Can't Ignore Immigrant Rights Issues

For her personal blog at An Educated Guess, TU Director of Organizing Hope Teague-Bowling addresses the question "Who can focus on Okonkwo’s motivations, SAT prep, or how to write a rhetorical analysis essay when you’re worried about whether or not your family will be picked up in an ICE raid at your apartment complex?"

Click on the title to go to Hope's blog and learn about ways that teachers and schools can advocate for their immigrant students.

Working with Students without a Class: One Idea

In a recent blog post for Corelaborate, TU Director of Communications Mary Moser explains how she utilizes her library's display case to motivate students to do extra research practice.

Click the title to read the full post over at Corelaborate and learn more about how she finds ways to interact with students as a Library Media Specialist.