Megan Jenny, NBCT and Lauren Jewett, NBCT

Megan Jenny is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood and a current PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Louisiana State University. She has been an educator for 15 years, most recently at the University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lauren Jewett is a third/fourth-grade special education teacher in New Orleans, where she is an active member and executive council member of her local teachers’ union, United Teachers of New Orleans. She is in her 13th year of teaching and holds a BA in history and political science from the University of Rochester. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Exceptional Needs (Early Childhood through Young Adulthood), serves as the Policy/Advocacy Chairperson for the Louisiana NBCT Network, and mentors National Board candidates in her school and city as a professional learning facilitator. She is currently pursuing an MA in English from the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English and is part of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network. She is a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader, was a 2019-2020 Understood Teacher Fellow, and serves on the Digital Promise Learner Variability Project Practitioner Teacher Advisory Board.

Being an NBCT comes with an obligation to equity

May 17, 2022

By: Megan Jenny, NBCT and Lauren Jewett, NBCT There have been more than a few documented instances of lawmakers excluding classroom teachers from discussions and deliberations—including the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001. And we all know how disastrously that turned out, ushering in an era of excessive standardized testing, commodification of education, and teachers as scapegoats. In our current moment, a host of bills and legislation in states across the country have continued the dangerous pattern of censoring teachers. This time around, the bills are diminishing teacher autonomy and restricting what can be taught about race, class, history,…

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