Elena Aguilar

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
December 23, 2011

The responses to my post last week raised some interesting questions. I described how I offered my middle school students the letter-writing genre as a way to express their feelings. Many wrote to loved...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
December 6, 2011

It was Monday of the last week before winter break. I arrived at school early, surprised to find Jenny, a shy sixth grader, sitting on the steps outside our room. "Are you looking forward to the break?" I asked as we walked in.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
November 23, 2011

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how we refill our reservoirs of hope -- specifically, hope that we can positively change this world. For many years now, I have sought out stories and films that make me feel hopeful. I collect quotes, poems, YouTube clips, music and art work that fuels my...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
November 9, 2011

I am an Oakland resident, an Oakland educator, and the mother of an Oakland public school student. I am committed to transforming our schools and world, and I work hard at maintaining hope and faith that this can be done.

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Tags Student Engagement
November 4, 2011

Sometimes when I'm feeling particularly bogged down by the state of our education system, my antidote is to dream big, to indulge myself in fantasy and wildly imagine the school I'd like to send my son to, the one I'd like to work at. So I've been dreaming.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
October 13, 2011

A friend recently got her Master's in Library Science and became the librarian at a middle school. She walked into a room that hadn't been modified since the previous librarian assumed her position some 35 years ago.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
September 23, 2011

In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the sublime.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
September 14, 2011

I am saddened by this recent article by "acclaimed teacher and author," Ron Clarke who tells parents "what teachers really want to say." He does not speak for me -- not as a teacher or as...

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Tags Brain-Based Learning
August 22, 2011

'Tis the season of professional development for many of us who work in schools. While PD can be meaningful, sometimes the experience feels like we were the unwilling recipients of an unpleasant procedure -- we were professionally developed; our descriptions employ the same tone, syntax, and non-...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
August 12, 2011

Edutopia Community, this post is a desperate plea for help! My school year began on August 1 with no easy transition. It's been an exhausting, consuming two weeks of intense, rewarding work coaching leaders.

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