We are a little over one month into the new year, and the outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic is still challenging for us all, but especially for teachers and school leaders. As you begin the second half of an academic year that has been challenging in so many ways, we want to share three talks from educators who have inspired us with their stories of bravery and hope. 

1. 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee

2. Teacher Maria Rocha on What DACA Means for Students

3. Dr. Marco Clark, Richard Wright Public Charter School 

Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.