Over the past few months, the Coronavirus pandemic raged throughout the world. Teachers quickly adapted as their lessons moved from the brick and mortar classroom to online learning. Over the course of a weekend, schools moved to distance learning, brought students computers, set up hot spots for Wi-Fi, delievered meals, and even in some cases provided child care for the families of essential workers.
Now, as states are experiencing struggling economies, politicians are often too quick to suggest school budget cuts as a solution. Our students and our teachers deserve better.
Governor Cuomo of New York tweeted that he would be “reimagining” education with the help of Bill Gates. This frustrated teachers, as they have been reimagining education with little support and strapped budgets for their entire careers.
The Reimagining Schools campaign was started by Emily Aierstok (@readitwriteitlearnit), a 19 year teaching veteran, as a place for teachers’ voices to be heard. As we enter a new era of learning, the Reimagining Schools campaign advocates for increased funding, equity in education, and respect for a profession that has been proven essential. You can reimagine, too. Grab your #ReimaginingSchools thought bubble here and tell the world how you envision education in the future.
Hundreds of teachers have shared how they are #ReimaginingSchools after the pandemic. Here are a few of the highlights:
#ReimaginingSchools with teachers who can work just one job
#ReimaginingSchools with salaries that retain and attract educators
#ReimaginingSchools with teacher leaders getting the respect and pay we deserve
#ReimaginingSchools with less standardized testing and more authentic learning
#ReimaginingSchools with classroom libraries that provide students with windows and mirrors
#ReimaginingSchools with less red tape
#ReimaginingSchools with equity at the heart of all decisions
#ReimaginingSchools with a diverse staff of teachers who are trusted and empowered
#ReimaginingSchools with educators who believe Black Lives Matter
#ReimaginingSchools with no standardized tests
How are you reimagining schools? Share on Instagram using this free template, or in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.
Plus, is this the end of standardized testing?