Cristina Duncan Evans is a high school social studies teacher in the Baltimore City school district, and a member of the America Achieves Principal and Teacher Fellowship. (Connecting the Dots ceased publishing in July 2015.)
Teaching Profession Opinion Thank You, Ordinary Teachers, for Doing Extraordinary Things
Teachers go beyond their everyday roles to support students and families every day, guest blogger Barbara Gottschalk writes. But those same teachers need better support from their districts.
Teaching Opinion A Key to Authentic Learning Projects: Authentic Audiences
No one ever asks for more worksheets. Projects with authentic audiences are the best way to get students inspired.
Teaching Profession Opinion School-Performance Measure or School-Income Measure?
Numbers can't tell us everything about a school. School Performance Measures that aim to do so are a fallacy at best, and at their worst, they're harmful to low-income students.
Equity & Diversity Opinion The Opt-Out Movement Needs to Address Educational Inequity
The opt-out movement is right to call for a richer, more authentic learning experience. They're wrong to stay silent on the educational inequality that makes testing necessary.
Equity & Diversity Opinion School Segregation Continues to Hurt Districts, But New Solutions Exist
School segregation is alive and well. Next Generation Schools offer a way to address this long-standing social problem.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Schools Can't Improve Without Support for Low-Income Students
Can we increase student achievement without addressing high concentrations of poverty? Teacher Cristina Duncan Evans explains why we can't.
Assessment Opinion Teacher Evaluation Means Nothing Without Teacher Buy-In
If teachers don't believe the evaluation process is valid and worthwhile, then they won't take it seriously and potential positive effects will never trickle down to students.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Taking Aim at School Police Is the Wrong Approach to Student Safety
The national conversation about police brutality has led some to question the purpose and effectiveness of armed school police officers.