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It won’t be easy

By Tom Rademacher

No, it won’t be easy.

It won’t be easy during your first year or your second. I won’t be easy in your 10th year or your 20th. It won’t be easy in fall, and definitely won’t be easy in winter, and absolutely won’t be easy in spring. Summer is pretty easy. But, teaching won’t be easy, and being a teacher isn’t easy.READ MORE

Ralston High School Avenue Scholars

Learning by experience, leading by example

The last days of November brought an exciting opportunity for many of the Avenue Scholars at Ralston High School. Twenty-three students, participating in their school’s college and career preparatory program for low-income students, stepped into a role new to many of them: leadership. READ MORE

Educator Retreat Participants

Educators Matter

By Patty Beadle, Director of Marketing and School Relations

I want to take a moment to thank you for your dedicated work. You persist when met with feelings of defeat; you encourage your students even when you yourself feel disheartened. I appreciate the influence you have in your students’ lives, and I understand your difficult and noble profession.READ MORE

Building Community at North Junior High

Every year, generous donor support makes hundreds of retreats possible and keeps our mission in motion in communities across the Midwest. This fall, donor support particularly impacted one school: North Junior High.READ MORE

Teachers are torch-bearers of the future

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

You, Educators, are the best of us. It has been said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”READ MORE

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The frog rule

By Andy Zimney

After waking up with a sore throat, my oldest daughter got a positive strep test back from the clinic the other day. We were sent home with a bottle of liquid penicillin and a 24-hour quarantine.READ MORE

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