The notebooks are purchased. The buses are back out. It’s time for school. September is a magical month, filled with anticipation and excitement around freshly sharpened pencils and new learning. It could also be the month you decide to tangibly support a girl in Kenya to get a great high school education. Before I ever […]

People Over Pronouns

At the Minnesota Institute of Talented Youth (MITY), where I am lucky to teach Creative Writing each summer to brilliant 7th-12th graders, young people are celebrated for who they are. It is also a place to safely play around with who they are becoming. We intentionally ask students what name they want to be called […]

Just a Little Nudge

One of my newest projects is writing for Nudge Education. Nudge provides software, teacher training, and print resources for teachers who are interested in sharing more power in the classroom. I believe in the mission: Nudge Education keeps teachers and students at the center of learning, supporting transformational classrooms with accessible, powerful technology. Our products […]

A Brief Interview with the Fantastic Mr. Kevin Lally

Keeping the Faith in Education was proud to publish Kevin Lally’s essay “Shortening the Shadow of Whiteness.” He is a busy man, but I caught him long enough to ask a few questions about himself, his work and his studies: Ellie: Your essay poignantly addresses race in the classroom. When did you first begin to […]

Teachers Talking Writing

Below is a conversational interview between Andrew Barron, publisher at Avenida Books, and Ellie Roscher, editor of Keeping the Faith in Education. They discuss the book project, the state of education and the benefit of teachers choosing to write. *** Andrew: I remember when we came up with the idea for our first book in […]

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. […]

Kind Of Satisfied With Your Product And Then You Die

Louie C.K.is on to something here. It’s easier to be mean to people we see as other, and it’s easier to see people as other through a screen. Phone interaction is not the same as human interaction and the former is detracting from the latter, keeping us from facing full human emotion. Being able to […]

My Tempered Voice

When my sister and I were little, my parents would drop us off at my grandparent’s house every Thursday while they went and played in a mixed doubles tennis league. Our favorite thing to do on Thursdays was dress up in my grandma’s clothes and costume jewelry, put on old Polish records and dance around […]