Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline by changing your perspective

Recently, Edweek published an article about how difficult it can be for teachers to manage classrooms. In the article, the author talks about how teachers attribute student misbehavior to troubled families, inconsistent administration, and poverty to name a few. The goal of course was to talk about how suspensions accelerate students along the school to...
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3 FAIL PROOF Strategies for managing student behavior

Join Dr. Kia for your weekly dose of classroom inspiration. This week she shares strategies for classroom management no matter the place or space. PROMISE it’s your favorite weekly PD.
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Happy Hour: 5 FAIL PROOF Ways to Start the School Year

Join Dr. Kia for Happy Hour as she shares her experiences and 5 ways that all teachers can connect meaningfully with kids in the classroom this year.  
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The Literacy Diet in Early Childhood with Kelli Cronk

Join Dr. Kia and her friend Kelli Cronk at the lunch table! Kelli and Kia talk about what the Literacy Diet looks like in the Early Childhood classroom in this episode.Learn more about fluency and word study in pre-kindergarten! PROMISE it’s your FAVORITE weekly PD!   Get your tickets for Wildfire 2019
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7 Brothers and Finnish Education Reform

I told you the last time we had book club that I had to know more about the 7 Brothers story mentioned in The Smartest Kids in the World. Anytime a single story can unite a nation around education reform, I have to look into it! It turns out that 7 Brothers is a pretty...
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Why the PISA Exam is the ONE test all kids should take

Hey Firestarters! Last week during book club we talked about the PISA Test. In her book The Smartest Kids in the World, Amanda Ripley made a pretty strong argument about how what we view as “premiere education” here in the States does not stack up against the education received in other countries. She cited the PISA...
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3 reasons why I STAN for Edmodo

  Listen y’all, it has been a LONG couple of days. You know that I capital letter LOVE connecting with teachers and I have been doing just that nonstop it seems! I recently had an opportunity to attend TCEA 2019. While I was there, I spoke with teachers about a platform that I honestly do...
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Intentional Service

Here is the deal #FireStarters, we are all built to serve. We serve each day with kids in our classrooms and often in our communities as mentors, coaches, and even tutors. As we think about how to compound the contribution that we make, I want you to know that none of us is too young,...
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Why #RedforEd is a clarion call for change in education

Follow me on IG @thefiredup_teacher on Twitter @firedup_teacher I have watched this movement and in doing so wondered how to frame this post. For those of you who do not know, teachers in Los Angeles are on strike today. They are protesting a need for smaller classroom sizes, more accountability for charter schools, more school...
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Book Club Week 1!!

Join Dr. Kia at the lunch table for this first installment of Wednesday Book Club! Be sure to go to and look under the Resources tab so that you can keep up with the #FireStarter community each week!
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