The 2023-2024 School Year is here! So many are returning to school this week. Many already have a week or two under their belt. Regardless, it’s time to turn our attention to the state of education in our country today and lift high hopes for teachers and students in this new year.
I developed the idea of 30 Days for Education after I spent last year off from a full time teaching position. Though the year was exactly what I needed to take care of my mental wellbeing, I missed teaching a lot. I still subbed, but of course, subbing is much different as I was in a different classroom each day and never got the chance to connect with staff and students.
I have chalk dust flowing through my veins. That’s because I’m a third generation teacher. Both my grandmothers and mom were teachers. My mom who was my Jr. High English teacher was one of the best. I model a lot of what I do after her methods adding my own personal twist to it. This year, I am also getting into teaching at the collegiate level as an adjunct for a local community college. The course I’m teaching is Foundations in Education. As a class for students who are considering entering the profession, I find it’s a great opportunity to pour into the next generation of teachers.
Which leads me to this first of many annual 30 Days for Education. Teaching has become increasingly difficult across the years. Between high stakes testing, the lack of support from parents and the community, and less and less control over what and how I am allowed to teach, it’s enough to make a veteran throw in the towel. Additionally, the stress can cause a novice to pivot to a less demanding career. With my position in special education, I am constantly working outside of school hours to keep up with paperwork, create lesson plans that align with my students IEP’s, and manage communication with parents among other things. Teaching is a demanding job that requires a high level of commitment, but my passion for it keeps me going.
If you’re not an educator, consider contributing to the profession by leaning into the hopes I’ve listed in the document below. As a teacher who works far and above what I’m compensated for, I would truly appreciate each and every person lifting hopes high for education in America. Happy Fall and see you in October!
30 Days for Education List