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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for May 15–21


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The Next Part of My Journey: Living the Questions


And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. —Rainer Maria Rilke

By Meenoo Rami

For the past year, I have been on an incredible journey meeting readers of Thrive from all over the country. When I wrote the book, I could not have imagined the response that it has received. Now that I have met so many of Thrive’s readers, I can honestly say that this work belongs to all the teachers who have made it their own: the teacher in Missouri who said that she is now working to bring her students’ work to new audiences because of Thrive; the teacher in Wisconsin who quietly told me that he’s ready to reimagine his classroom practice because he knows what’s been happening is not helping his students; the teacher from Kentucky who sent me a Facebook message to say that reading the book kept her from quitting after Christmas break; the educators who have started book study groups for Thrive and designed professional development work around it. As I wrote in the book, I am humbled to be on this journey with you all.

Now, I’d like to invite you to join me on the next stage of my journey.

In July, I will join the Gates Foundation for a two-year assignment as a Teaching Fellow. I am excited about this change, which will give me opportunities to bring the ideas I wrote about in Thrive and the lessons I’ve learned from all of you to more educators, as well as to partners who are in a position to help teachers to excel and thrive in the profession.

As exciting as this change is, it is bittersweet. For the past four years, I have had an amazing opportunity to work alongside brilliant and inspiring educators at Science Leadership Academy. The lessons I have learned from Chris Lehmann and the faculty and students at SLA will stay with me always. I am better prepared to envision the type of education all of our students need because I had a chance to teach in this incredible environment. I have also been blessed to spend four years with my advisory students and their families, and I am grateful for the ways in which they have welcomed me into their lives. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of my soon-to-be-graduated advisees.

I'll take the heartbeat of the work with me.

In my new role at the Gates Foundation, I’ll take the heartbeat of the work I learned to love at SLA with me. I’ll have the chance to carry the conversation about excellence in teaching and learning that began at SLA and grew through the publication of Thrive, to teachers all over the country. I’ll be a voice for teachers, raising issues that everyone is thinking about but no one is talking about. I’ll help build local and national networks to help teachers learn with and from each other. I’ll be celebrating and recognizing teachers, visiting classrooms to observe and support excellent work with students.

I’ll also have a new opportunity: the chance to help inform the foundation’s decisions about funding and policies. And I’ll be doing it all with the perspective of someone who has gotten up every school-day morning for the past decade to teach the students of Philadelphia, someone who has heard from so many teachers about their stories and struggles. I will do my best to carry your voices and experiences with me in the work ahead.

As I make this transition in my life, I’ll continue to share my thinking at meenoorami.org and to keep the conversation going via Twitter (@meenoorami). I’ll also continue to present and speak at various conferences and events. I hope that you’ll follow my adventures and stay connected. The importance of your role in my life—as mentors, as friends, as colleagues—cannot be overstated. I need to hear from you now more than ever.

Of course, there’s a level of uncertainty in all of this. All change is hard, but I am moving forward with a heart filled with gratitude and a mind open to new questions. I’ll keep the poet Rilke’s words close by in the coming months, as I live the questions now.

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​Meenoo Rami is the author of Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching and will conduct a Heinemann webinar on April 14, 2015 titled, "Connected Learning: Empowering Students and Engaging Teachers." Find more information on our Professional Development page.

Happy First Birthday, Thrive!


You are one year old today! Published in March of last year, Meenoo Rami’s Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching started a yearlong conversation around building successful networks, connecting with mentors, and translating a culture of positivity to your students. Following the book's publication, Meenoo facilitated a blog tour.

The blog tour itself was a testament to Meenoo’s hard work—building connections in the profession and exchanging ideas—so it was only sensible for teacher-bloggers like Troy Hicks to pay it forward and praise Thrive as “the right book at the right time. [It] reminds us of how we, as teachers, need human interaction, intellectual fulfillment, and empathy as much as our students.”

Revisit the blogs in the tour below.

Meenoo's Thrive Blog Tour Kickoff Post

Jen Vincent – Teach Mentor Texts
"Thrive Blog Tour!"

Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn – A Year of Reading
"Thrive by Meenoo Rami"

Alyson Beecher – Kid Lit Frenzy
"THRIVE Blog Tour!!"

Kira J. Baker-Doyle, Ph.D.
"How to Go From Burnt-Out to Fired-Up: A Book Review of 'Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching' by Meenoo Rami"

Sarah Mulhern Gross – The Reading Zone
"Thrive – The Book Every Teacher Should Read"

Christina Cantrill – National Writing Project

Beth Shaum – Use Your Outside Voice
"Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami"
"Outside Voices from the Inside: Meenoo Rami, author of Thrive"

Linda Baie – Teacher Dance
"We Need a Variety of Connections So We Can Thrive"

Troy Hicks – Digital Writing, Digital Teaching
"Live, Learn, and Thrive"

Joy Kirr – My Own Genius Hour

Tara Smith – A Teaching Life
"The “Thrive” blog tour arrives here!"

Antero Garcia – The American Crawl
"Thriving in Practice"

John Spencer – Education Rethink
"An interview with Meenoo Rami"

Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsberg – Unleashing Readers
"Author Guest Post and Blog Tour!: Thrive by Meenoo Rami"

How do you thrive during the school year? Get to Twitter and join the conversation with your answer. #EdThrive.

Meenoo Rami is the author of Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching and will conduct a Heinemann webinar on April 14, 2015 titled, "Connected Learning: Empowering Students and Engaging Teachers." Find more information on our Professional Development page.


Meenoo Rami interview with EduTalk on BlogTalkRadio

Yesterday, Ed Talk Radio interviewed Meenoo Rami about her new book, Thrive. Listen to this if you've ever questioned whether teaching is the right career for you, or not. Discover your own power to solve problems, gather resources, and find mentors as well as the energy and joy to thrive!  

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Click here for more information about Thrive.
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Heinemann Author Q & A Series: Meenoo Rami, Part 2

In Part 1, you got a glimpse into Meenoo’s work at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and what led her to write Thrive. Today you will be introduced to more of Meenoo’s insights about how to better thrive in education.

If you were mentoring a new teacher, what advice would you share about the profession?

I’d say, find the people around you who are in love with their work. Become friends with them, ask a lot of questions, and ask for help when you need it. If you reach out, there are many people willing to help you and support you. Finding mentors is crucial. We have a tradition of mentoring in our profession: we all started teaching as student-teachers under the care of a cooperative teacher. This type of support doesn’t have to end when your fourteen-week stint in someone else’s classroom is over. Your need for support will become more apparent after you enter your own classroom and face your own challenges as an educator.

In your book, you cite both mentors and networks as crucial elements in thriving as a teacher, yet many teachers are more accustomed to working independently. Why do you see mentorship and networking as necessary?

The challenges we face every day in the classroom—finding ways to reach our students, managing grading requirements, finding resources for our learning community—can be addressed more powerfully if we band together and share resources, exchange ideas, and inspire one another. Closing the classroom door and doing your own thing robs you and your colleagues, near and far, of ideas that could be helping students learn.

You created #engchat, the weekly Twitter chat for English teachers. How have #engchat and other teacher-focused Twitter chats affected the profession?

Places like #engchat are where teachers can go to find energy and inspiration: they can send out a question, share an inquiry, or post a link to a resource easily via a relevant hashtag. When teachers curate teaching practices together and talk freely to one another, the sense of isolation is reduced.

Click here for more information on Thrive.

To read a sample chapter, click here.

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Heinemann Author Q & A Series: Meenoo Rami, Part 1

Meenoo Rami once experienced anxieties familiar to many teachers: the sense of isolation, a lack of self-confidence, and fear that her work was having no positive impact. In Thrive, Meenoo shares five strategies that helped her become a confident, connected teacher and shows both new and veteran teachers how to overcome the challenges and meet the demands of our profession.

Meenoo teaches English at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), in Philadelphia. In today’s post, you’ll hear about the attitude of collaboration at SLA that inspired Meenoo to write Thrive. In tomorrow’s post, you’ll find some of Meenoo’s suggestions for how to thrive as a teacher.

You teach in a district that has received national attention for its budget troubles and sweeping staff cutbacks, yet you’ve written a book about how to thrive as a teacher. How do you and your colleagues find meaning and energy in your work?

Our connections with our students are the source of much of our energy: when you’re asking deep, rich, and thoughtful questions with your students, the energy in the classroom changes; it feeds the students as well as you as a teacher. For example, right now my eleventh graders are writing creative pieces after studying how Tim O’Brien, the author of The Things They Carried, shapes stories by blending truth and fiction. We’re inviting parents, teachers, professors, and graduate students to make up a judging committee that will read these pieces. Knowing that their work will be judged blindly (they will put only their ID numbers on their papers) by readers other than me is bringing new energy to the classroom. I am certainly feeding off that energy.

I also get energy from my colleagues, from our being able to rely on one another for support when we need it. My colleagues go out of their way to problem-solve with me and provide their perspective on situations I face in the classroom. When I tell people from other schools this, they sometimes think this kind of collaboration is only possible at SLA. While I agree that I work with some amazing people, there’s more potential for teacher collaboration in schools than people realize.

What concerns from teachers about their work and the profession led you to write Thrive?

The teacher turnover rate was certainly on my mind as I was writing. Teachers have an unfathomable impact on student learning. We, as a profession and as a society, need to attract the best people and find ways to support them once they enter the classroom.

In Thrive, you write, “I believe this is the best moment to be a teacher. Despite attacks on our profession, union-busting that is rampant around the country, and unrelenting focus on standardization rather than individualization in schools, there is amazing and exciting work being done in our classrooms.” What gives you hope right now?

I have hope because I see a groundswell of teachers who want to move away from the factory model of education to education for the next generation of change-agents. We teachers are incorporating technology in thoughtful ways to leverage connections among students throughout our classrooms; we are bringing new audiences to the work our students are creating; and most of all, we are asking our students to claim their education actively rather than receive it passively.

Click here for more information on Thrive.

To read a sample chapter, click here.

Connect with Meenoo:


Join the Thrive conversation on Twitter: