Jonathon Medeiros, NBCT

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Jonathon Medeiros is a National Board certified teacher who has been teaching and learning about English Language Arts, rhetoric, and the joys of failure with Kauai High School Students for 12 years. An alumnus of the first cohort of Hope Street Group Hawaii Teacher Fellows, Jon represents Hawaii on the organization’s national Teacher Advisory Council. He is currently the State Office Teacher for the Leadership Institute and is the director of the Kauai Local Teacher Fellowship, now in its second year. Follow him on Twitter via @JonMedeiros.
Principal (Teacher?): “Everyone a leader, everyone a learner.”
Jonathon Medeiros, NBCTNovember 27, 2018

I clearly remember when I first heard that phrase, regarded as a rapidly tiring cliché by many working in the Hawaii public school system. I was at a lunch meeting a few years ago, when about 20 other Hawaii State Teacher Fellows and I were joined by then Deputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz. We were discussing the forward direction of the Hawaii DOE and hoped for change in the paradigm that predominated educational administration in Hawaii. The crux of Schatz’s belief is shared ownership over the school system, from teaching to curriculum to school design to administration. “Everyone a leader, everyone…

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National Endowment for the Humanities Reinvigorated My Teaching Career, and We Should Want More of That
Jonathon Medeiros, NBCTJanuary 22, 2018

“The world belongs to those who can imagine it.” – Luis Valdez Teachers hear many voices over the course of a career. We hear our own voices driving us. We hear students’ voices. We hear the voices of the public, sometimes calling us names, and the voices of our colleagues and administrators calling us in many directions at once. We also hear voices echoing from offices at the District or State or farther afield. Luis Valdez, activist, playwright, and director of Teatro Campesino, was a guest lecturer and inspiring voice at a summer course I attended recently. We studied the…

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