Eric Hale is the first Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year: ‘I’m not the first to deserve it’

“I’m the first to win it, but I’m not the first to deserve it,” he said.

Hale teaches first and second grade at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas, where 98 percent of students live below the national poverty line.

For Hale, being an educator is about far more than teaching letters and numbers.

“I am a teacher because I’m chasing the ghost of the educator I needed as a child,” he said. “My mission is to make sure that children that are going through poverty and traumatic experiences get the hope they need.”

Hale’s own childhood trauma steeled him, he said, supplying him with the necessary tools to reach out to children living through similar circumstances.

Growing up in West Phoenix, Ariz., Hale’s troubles began when he was 6. His stepfather’s mental health challenges spurred erratic and violent attacks toward his mother and the children. Hale and his

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How To Make Online Learning Work For Your Company This Year

CEO of Livius and co-author of “Hacking the SAT: Tips and Tricks to Help You Prepare, Plan Ahead, and Increase Your Score.”

In the days immediately following the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic on U.S. shores, schools shut down as administrators and parents raced to gear up for digital classrooms. Unfortunately, many of those educators and concerned parents found the nationwide online learning experiment to be a struggle. 

That consensus seems to be growing now that schools across the country have begun the new academic year. Social media is full of posts from parents, teachers and students describing a fraught, frustrating school day that often ends in tears all around. The same is true for employees and leaders attempting to navigate remote working, training and professional development.

Yet there’s a learning opportunity hidden in the chaos, and your company can benefit from it. Given the continued battle against the

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Idaho selects Wood River educator as teacher of the year


Jorge Pulleiro (in yellow) works with a group of middle school students in Spain. Pulleiro started an exchange program where students from the Wood River Valley trade places with Spanish teens during spring break.

Courtesy of the Pulleiro family

This article was originally posted on on October 6, 2020.

When Jorge Pulleiro was 16-years-old he brought home an old blackboard, and propped it up on his dining room wall. He bought some chalk, an eraser, and then papered shops around Buenos Aires, Argentina, with flyers for his English tutoring business.

It was the start of a lifelong calling for Pulleiro, and the teaching career that would carry him across the globe.

By 18 he’d landed his first professional post, teaching English to Argentinian high school students only a few years younger than himself. He brought his first paycheck home to Casilda Nasibe Dip Pulleiro, his widowed mother, who had

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Forget about making this school year as normal as possible

As we embarked on a new year in both the Jewish faith and in schools across the country, I’ve thought about Shmita, which literally means “release,” and how we might apply its hopeful principles to our lives today. Students, parents, and educators have spent the past seven months coping with a pandemic that has strained our health, our spirits, and our resources. Now, with growing fears of students falling behind, teachers are facing enormous pressure to somehow maintain pre-pandemic expectations and standards. It is a tragically Sisyphean effort. And it is made worse by our failure to seize this opportunity to “release” ourselves from the erroneous assumptions, outdated practices, and antiquated attitudes that plagued American education well before the pandemic upended our lives.

For decades, our school system has been centered on rote memorization, performance, and measurement, rather than authentic, meaningful learning. An arms race to college has pushed children

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City Faces Lawsuit; Sideshow Crackdown; Teacher of Year: Patch PM

NORTH BAY, CA – Missed today’s headlines? Here are the Patch stories from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties that people are talking about today:

Cars Impounded In Crackdown On Sideshows, Santa Rosa Police Say

  • Twelve cars were impounded this week, and officers are investigating participants for possible criminal charges.

San Rafael At Odds With Black Man Detained At Gunpoint

  • The city is facing a legal claim, defending its actions and trying to find a way forward that acknowledges the distress its officers caused.

Glass Fire 78% Contained As Damage Assessments Completed

  • The wildfire has taken a heavy toll in Napa County, where 343 commercial structures —including wineries — have been destroyed.

Power Restored In Healdsburg Citywide Power Outage

  • The city’s transmission source was lost but PG&E switched the city to a different substation.

Police Make Arrest In Santa Rosa Homicide Investigation

  • Police had been investigating Kirk Williams,
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2021 CT Teacher of the Year and Paraeducator of the Year both hail from same Windsor school

WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont and state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona were in Windsor Friday morning to make a special announcement.

Rochelle Brown was named Connecticut’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, and Maria Sau was named the 2021 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year. Both are teachers at Windsor’s Poquonock School. 

“What a proud moment for Windsor Public Schools and Poquonock School,” Commissioner Cardona exclaimed.

The gym at Poquonock was filled with excitement — and celebration. The two received a standing ovation from their school community when the announcement was made.

“It is amazing that for the first time ever, Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year and Paraeducator of the Year both happen to come from the same school,” said Governor Lamont. “Ms. Brown and Mrs. Sau have both dedicated themselves to their students, and I cannot applaud them enough for the services they provide.”

Brown – a

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Baltimore City middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke named 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Wyatt Oroke, a teacher at City Springs Elementary/Middle School School in Baltimore City, was named the 2020-21 Maryland Teacher of the Year on Thursday night.

Oroke has taught at City Springs in West Baltimore since 2015, and currently teaches seventh and eighth grade English, while also serving as a team leader, girls volleyball and boys basketball coach, and in a number of other roles in the school and his community. Oroke has received recognition for his teaching, including awards from the Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland State Senate, the Orioles and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon made the announcement during a live special hosted in partnership by the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Public Television, celebrating Maryland educators and their commitment to excellence in education, according to a Maryland Department of Education news release. The special also marked 30 years of

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Higher Education cushions 2020 academic year

In an effort to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 academic year, Higher Education Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has published a national framework to ensure that the cost for tuition and accommodation will remain the same for the 2020 academic year, regardless of its length at the different institutions.

In the Government Gazette published in June, the Higher Education and Training Department prescribes a framework for temporary payment and cash flow measures, or steps necessary to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the Covid-19 threat to the public higher education sector.

“The framework will also provide directives to officials of public higher education institutions to disseminate information and all applicable measures for the implementation [of the framework],” said Nzimande.

The Minister said the directives will assist to alleviate the financial strain on institutions, NSFAS [National Student Financial Aid Scheme], private fee-paying individuals and private accommodation providers, recognising

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And the winner is … Meet the N.J. Teacher of the Year

Find all of the most important pandemic education news on Educating N.J., a special resource guide created for parents, students and educators.

This year’s New Jersey Teacher of the Year winner is Angel Santiago, a fifth-grade teacher in the Gloucester Township in Camden County who says he wants to advocate for more racial diversity in the state’s teachers.

Santiago was named the winner at Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, which was held virtually via live online video.

An emotional Santiago accepted the award from his classroom at Loring Flemming Elementary School.

“When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’ve never been more proud to say that I teach,” he said, giving a shoutout to all of his fellow New Jersey educators finding new ways to teach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Santiago, one of a small number of male Latino elementary school teachers in New Jersey, said

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Kuwait: Expats make up 27 per cent of teachers for 2020-2021 academic year

Expat teachers make up 27 per cent of the total number working in the Kuwait Ministry of Education for the 2020-2021 academic year. Photo for illustrative purposes.
Image Credit: I STOCK

Kuwait City: In regards to the 2020-2021 academic year, expat teachers make up 27 per cent of the total number of teachers working in the Ministry of Education, an educational source told Al Rai media.

The source added that the Civil Commission Bureau stipulates that expats teachers should not exceed 30 per cent and that Kuwaiti teachers should be the majority employed by the Ministry of Education.

The Civil Commission Bureau requested statistics on the number of expats teaching in the specific four fields: history, philosophy, Islamic studies and Sharia studies. In addition, the Ministry of Education has provided the Civil Commission Bureau with the total amount compared to the number of Kuwaitis, “so we do not exclude anybody

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