Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.
Teachers often aren't taught how to teach effective writing skills, which has led to two very different approaches in classrooms and a debate over how much focus should be given to writing solid sentences.
Most people's lives are nuanced and complex, resisting a single narrative. When educators can amplify the stories of "limitless potential" they can help break down damaging stereotypes about teachers, communities and students.
Education consultant and speaker Alan November says if we want to move education forward, school leaders must start hiring teachers who are globally connected, embrace messy problems and aren't afraid to make their own learning transparent to students.