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#TenMinuteTalk with Administrator Coach and Leader, Carolyn Gramstorff Oct 15, 2021

Carolyn Gramstorff was the entering principal when I started teaching at North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS).  I had just left an all Black school in Sacramento, a KIPP model school, that exhausted me due to the routines and expectations held on teachers.  When I moved to...

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Living Through the Art artsed creativity divinity integratedteaching loveledlearning marvin k white transformativeteaching Oct 12, 2021

Recently, Mariah began a series called #TenMinuteTalks on Instagram.  "I adore the people in my life.  They are artists, teachers, thinkers, believers, creators, innovators, doers, and they inspire me." Mariah says.  Though most are folks she would call kin, some are people she's...

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Why did I... Oct 22, 2020

…stop teaching Kindergarten? Because I got cancer. I so rarely say that outloud in public. It was such of horrific experience that I will cry to this day if I go back to those moments of diagnosis, the hours sitting through chemo, the surgeries, and the recovery process that seemed never...

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Teacher As Artist Oct 02, 2020

I have a real distaste for canned curriculum. The memories of being forced to follow a pacing guide, being reprimanded if I wasn’t on the same page as the other teachers, making photocopies of worksheets, and being bored out of my mind while I read a script to my students… it sends...

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Say Yes! Sep 10, 2020

 

I love collaboration! My first teaching assignment was a Montessori class where there were two Kindergarten lead teachers for 30 children. It was remarkable! We each had sections of the day that we lead, sometimes switching up roles as needed. It was a divine situation for a new teacher. I...

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