I am an elementary school educator, and I embrace critical race theory.

From Chalkbeat: My lessons center on my students’ lives and stories. As a new teacher in Arizona 20 years ago, I found myself in the middle of a campaign against bilingual education. Arizona voters had recently passed Proposition 203 restricting bilingual education and English as a Second Language instruction, as it was called then, following […]

By John Russo | news

Are you ready for the next step in your leadership journey?

As a way to bring our community together, CITE offers seminars to student and alumni of all of our partner programs. Some of these are interactive discussions on best practices, like “Race & Justice: The Importance and Implications of Juneteenth,” “Strategies and Best Practices to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” “Resiliency for Leaders,” “Mindfulness: Meeting […]


Pandemic Teacher Shortages Imperil In-Person Schooling 

The nation’s schools need thousands of more teachers, full-time and substitute, to keep classrooms open. “As exposure to the coronavirus forced thousands of teachers across the United States to stay home and quarantine this winter, administrators in the Washoe County School District, which serves 62,000 students in western Nevada, pulled out all the stops to […]

By John Russo | New Teacher

What returning to school full-time might look like…

“As de Blasio eyes return of full-time school next year, he also leaves the door open to remote learning.” Of all the reasons to hope for a quick vaccine rollout to beat back the coronavirus, parents can add this to the list: the return to full-time school. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes […]

By John Russo | Blog

8 Things Teachers Should do Before the End of Summer

August?? It’s August?? Oh, man. Where does the time go! Before you hit Staples for the back-to-School sale, please do yourself a favor. Check out our new list: Listen to this post! 8 things teachers should do before the end of the summer. 1. Read something the kids are reading (but NOT that you’re teaching) […]


Common Core Resources for Schools and Policy Roundup

With the Common Core debate heating up, it’s tough to keep track of the requirements, where to get resources for the classroom, and professional development options. And let’s not forget the policy battles about federal standards (and how to fund them) going on in congress! Luckily, we’ve kept track for you! Here you are, up […]