Hug a Teacher, But Don’t Stop There

Caring about kids means caring about education. And caring about education means caring for our teachers. I’m excited to introduce to you Keeping the Faith in Education.

When Avenida Books put out a call for submissions in the summer of 2012, I was hoping the compilation of work we would create could comfort and motivate educators. Teachers could read their favorite essay in the middle of the school year when energy is low. Maybe it could help teachers feel less isolated and more validated in the ever-difficult, ever-essential soul work of teaching. Now that the book is out, I think it will do that and more. I do think teachers will find the conversation created in the book is interesting, helpful and hopeful. But this is a book for us all.

Working with teachers on this project, I became even more aware of the challenges teachers face. Teachers need more time with students, less tests and bigger pay checks. The project also made me more hopeful about the future of education. It re-invigorated my desire to engage at the policy level so that these gifted practitioners can have more space to do their work. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed editing it.


Keeping the Faith in Education tackles problems in education from the angles of faith, hope, belief, and redemption. In a time when teachers are under attack, they tell the world why all of us should continue to believe in their soulful, worthy work. It is a collection of essays and poems written by teachers and students that will inspire and restore anyone who works in education. Each page serves as a reminder of how and why teachers bare their souls to help their students shine.

Buy it HERE.