Support teachers or challenge them? We can do both

By Sharron Helmke
February 2021
Traditionally we welcome each new year as a fresh start, and many of us looked forward to 2021 with that same sense of hope, albeit more guarded than usual. Then, the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 brought us yet another example of the fragility of things we often take for granted. Many of us held our breath until Jan. 20, when we witnessed restoration of the fundamental bedrock of our democracy. This year’s Inauguration Day was different than previous ceremonies, and even as we lament this and our many other losses, we are reminded that resilience is possible. In the eloquent words of inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: The new dawn blooms as we free it For there is always light, if only we’re

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Sharron Helmke is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and the former coordinator of instructional coaching at Clear Creek ISD in League City, Texas. She previously served as a K-12 ELA program coordinator at Klein ISD, an ELA and social studies instructional coach at Katy ISD, and a high school English teacher. She is a lead designer of Learning Forward’s Mentor Teacher Academy and Content-Based Coaching Program, and is a lead facilitator of Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy.

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