WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. In this speech, he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in America. The road he traveled was not easy. He fought long and hard against some of the most powerful people and groups in the United States. His passion and determination helped to spark change for equality for all.
Public education and the teaching profession is currently at a crossroads. The system is being challenged by private charter schools who do not face any accountability measures. Teacher morale is low. State and national mandates continue to trickle into our classrooms. Pay is not on the same level as other professions with the same college experience. Many educators ask themselves why they are still teaching.
What can we do about all this negativity? As educators, we do have the power to instill change in America’s schools. We do have the right to stand up for our students and for our profession. Change will not happen overnight. It is a process, however, that must start now. We must begin to implement small steps in our buildings that will eventually lead to change at the local, state, and federal level.
January is the first month of the new year. It is also the month where we honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the perfect time to begin to instill change.
As educators, our dreams for our students and our profession do matter. If we want to instill change, it starts with our hopes and dreams for what we would like to see in public education. Your dreams do not have to be big. Every dream matters, even the smallest one.
Your task is to complete the accompanying activity below as soon as possible. Then you are to post it in a place where you will be reminded daily of what your dream is for the rest of the school year. You do make a difference in the lives of the children you teach. You can make a difference in change in public education.
Let us each be an agent of change. Let us work toward improving public education for ourselves, our colleagues and our students.
To find the FREE teacher “I Have a Dream” resource, you can click here or on the image below.
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