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In the CoOp Corner you'll find the work, ideas, reflections, and insights of the teachers of The Educators' Cooperative. Subscribe or check back often to read the latest EdCo Teacher Spotlights, interviews, and more. Email info@educatorscooperative.com with questions or more information about our work.

More to Teach than Math: Perseverance and a Growth Mindset

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually with two Edco teachers, Ada Collins and Alyssa Niemiec. Ada is the Math Coach at Tusculum Elementary and Alyssa teaches 7th grade math and Integrated Math I at Meigs Middle School. Reading their stories is a reminder of how teaching goes well beyond academics. …

Hey, Non-Teachers, I Need You to Know, Teachers are Never “Off the Clock”!

In a recent series of interviews, Amy Nystrand, Program Director of the Educators’ Cooperative asked members, “What is one thing you wish non-teachers knew about teaching and teachers?” and without prompting, the overwhelming answer was that the work is never done.  Physically, emotionally, and intellectually we carry this profession with us everywhere we go, all …

Lift as You Climb

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually with Edco teacher Nita Smith. Nita is the 5th through 8th grade piano, general music, and choral music teacher at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts. Listening to her 29 years of experience is a reminder of how far beyond just teaching …

What keeps you going on tough days? EdCo Teachers Reflect 

By Amanda Banik Teaching is tough.  Not only is the expectation that we are instructional experts, but also parents, social workers, counselors, nurses, and at times even referees.  You name it and we can likely add it to the list.  In a recent series of interviews, Amy Nystrand, Program Director of the Educators’ Cooperative asked …

Even in Alternative Educational Roles, the Teaching and Learning Never Stop

Program Director and EdCo Member, Amy Nystrand recently ‘’sat down” virtually with EdCo Member Mike Mitchell. Mike serves primarily as the Arts Director for Mt. Pleasant schools, as well as a resource for teachers across the county. Hearing Mike’s story is a quick reminder that the work of teaching and learning never stops, even after …

Summer-School of Reinvention

Teachers are on the leading edge of virtual community building. Written by Greg O’Loughlin, the founder of a collaborative community for teachers and 12th grade English teacher at Templeton Academy. Every year, we welcome new teachers into the work of The Educators’ Cooperative in an intense week-long Summer Workshop. Inherent in the magic of the …

Black Lives Matter – A Message from The Educators’ Cooperative

The courage demonstrated by our Black brothers and sisters bringing their grief and trauma to bear for justice and for a more equitable society is a violent burden that they have borne alone for far too long. The Educators' Cooperative remains committed to supporting the Black community and our teachers in the fight for equality and …