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Denisha Jones

Listen to Denisha Jones from Defending the Early Years explain what the early childhood landscape can tell us about the future of a totally choice based system of education.

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Ron Giordan

Ron Giordan stops by to talk about his new blog post.  Is Betsy DeVoss really that Bad? As the father of a special needs child the possibility of rolling back IDEA is especially concerning.

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Dr. Todd Lilly

BustED Pencils welcomes our newest blogger—Dr. Todd Lilly.  Check out his work at Lilly’s Pad.  What can we expect from Todd?  Take a quick listen.

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Andy Waity

Andy Waity is the president of Madison Teachers Inc.  How do you lead a union in a post Act 10 world in Wisconsin?  The conditions of learning? Hum…

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Tammy Holtan Arnol

In Tammy Holtan Arnol’s experience, teachers who use the Nurtured Heart Approach® are happier, and their students are more successful behaviorally and academically. NHA teachers tell her that they hold their learners in higher positive regard, feel happier and less frustrated in their jobs, and are able to accomplish more academically. Tammy regards sharing NHA… Read more »

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Andre Perry

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DJ Hostettler

From the Isthmus. “We post our outrage at what’s going on and then just go about our day,” says Milwaukee-based musician DJ Hostettler. But as Gov. Scott Walker has signed a slate of legislation over the last five years gutting Wisconsin’s progressive tradition, Hostettler started focusing his energy on something more constructive. Teaming up with… Read more »

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Emily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan is an elementary school teacher who has taught in suburban, charter, public, and private schools in greater Boston and rural Guatemala. Her writing, which focuses on children, education, and social equity, has been featured by The Washington Post, Esquire, Edushyster, Curmudgucation, ECE PolicyWorks, and Defending the Early Years. Prior to becoming a teacher,… Read more »

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Rebel Teacher

Meet the Rebel Teacher and check out his blog.  If you’re looking for a “how to” in speaking truth to power look no further.  The Rebel and his blog are a truth machine.  The Rebel Teacher Blog “explores how the educational system works to perpetuate society’s status quo.  It encourages everyday teachers, students, parents and… Read more »

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Anthony Cody

Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high-needs middle school. A National Board- certified teacher, he now leads workshops with teachers on Project Based Learning. He is the co-founder of the Network for Public Education. With education at a crossroads, he invites you to… Read more »

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Emily Talmage

Emily teaches fourth grade at Montello Elementary School in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to teaching in Lewiston, she has also taught special education and general education in New York City, including one year at a “high-performing” charter school in Brooklyn. She has two master’s degrees; one in Urban Education from Mercy College, and another in… Read more »

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Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post and other print and electronic… Read more »

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Peter Greene

I have a story, but it’s nothing special. I’m not a super-teacher, and I don’t suck (most days). But I really care about the work and the profession. I’m not a crazed anarchist, but I don’t see a lot of value worrying about coloring inside the lines, either. I’m not a joiner, and I never… Read more »

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Morna McDermott

  Morna McDermott has been working in, with, and around public schools for over twenty years. Currently she is an Associate Professor at Towson University, in Maryland where she teaches various theory and methods courses in the College of Education. Her scholarship and research interests focus on democracy, social justice, and arts-informed inquiry in K-post… Read more »

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Peggy Robertson

The Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching” Award Winner In his letter of nomination for Peggy Robertson, Ian Altman writes: “For as long as Peggy has worked with students and teachers, she has been a tireless and compassionate advocate for both.” Peggy has been a literacy coach and literacy interventionist at Jewell Elementary… Read more »

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Dr. P. L. Thomas

Dr. P. L. Thomas, an Associate Professor of Education at Furman University since 2002, taught high school English for 18 years at Woodruff High along with teaching as an adjunct at a number of Upstate colleges. He holds an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education (1983) along with an M. Ed. in Secondary Education (1985) and Ed…. Read more »

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Justin Oakley

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Gus Morales

Gus Morales – Teacher, Social Justice Education Activist Gus Morales is the former president of the Holyoke Teachers Association and a former teacher for Holyoke Public Schools. The Holyoke Public Schools fired Gus in June of 2014 after speaking out against a district-wide initiative to post student test scores publicly on walls, a practice known… Read more »

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Denisha Jones

Denisha Jones is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington, DC.  She is a former early childhood teacher and preschool director. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2013. She has been active in the fight to stop the corporate takeover of public education since 2011. She is… Read more »

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Percy Brown

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Kati Walsh

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Dr. Barbara Hong

Dr. Barbara Hong obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Special Education in addition to three masters in instructional practices, educational leadership, and as a learning specialist. She is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Hong also has been appointed by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Programs as a Speaker… Read more »

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Mom Michelle

Michelle is currently a “Stay-at-Home” mom who has been involved in public education both in volunteer work and as a Paraprofessional. She started out as a room mom in 2005 and since then has been in Parent Volunteer Corp, was a Grade Wing Representative, in the Parent Teacher Organization (holding various chair and co-chair positions),… Read more »

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Julie Kroupa Keim

This week’s activist is a mom from Denver who decided to really push her local school board’s buttons. How? Listen to find out.  

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Nominate An Activist!

If you know anyone who is “an activist” fighting for children in the public school system and “BUSTING PENCILS” to do so, Tim and Jed want to know.  They actively look weekly, across the country, seeking out heroes who are standing up and making a difference fighting for public education.  An “Activist” will be featured every week.

If you know someone who is a potential “Activist of the Week” busting pencils and fighting for public education please nominate them!

“Activist of the Week” wins photo recognition and a personal interview to be aired on BustED Pencils radio show!