Shaped

A community-driven blog supporting educators, building lifelong learners,
and shaping the future of education.* 

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Meet Owen Bondono, a high school ELA teacher and the first known transgender Michigan Teacher of the Year. He uses his platform to advocate for LGBTQ+ student spaces and anti-racist teaching practices.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Tune in to the Teachers in America and Shaping the Future podcasts by HMH. Hear from teachers changing lives and experienced innovators and industry leaders.

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Learn strategies to improve student outcomes and better shape the future of education through podcast conversations with experts about major topics affecting the K-12 industry.

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Former Shaped Editor

Ali Habashi

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Join former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter for an episode on media literacy and cyber security in schools.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Angelica Moreno, a Spanish kindergarten teacher at the Dual Language Academy at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary in El Paso, Texas. This week's discussion includes dual language learnering, the El Paso Walmart shooting, and the school's reaction to losing one of their own to COVID-19.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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How can we introduce more emotion to the AI space? Our guest this week, Rana el Kaliouby, seeks to answer that question. Founder of Affectiva and author of Girl Decoded breaks down ethics and equity in tech.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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We are joined by the Kennedy Center’s vice president and artistic director for social impact, Marc Bamuthi Joseph. A National Poetry Slam champion and a TED Global Fellow, Marc discusses the future of social impact and the role of the arts in public healing.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Anthony Swann, a fifth grade teacher in Rocky Mount, Virginia. An advocate for hope and empathy when it comes to students contending with trauma, Anthony was named the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet CJ Reynolds, a high school teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By creating the teacher YouTube channel Real Rap with Reynolds, he has discovered that what might be ordinary for his classroom, may be someone else's extraordinary.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet LaNesha Tabb, a kindergarten teacher at the Metropolitan School District in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. After starting a blog called Education with an Apron, LaNesha turned her sights on writing a book about the importance of teaching social studies.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Get a look behind the scenes of HMH's two education podcasts, Teachers in America, hosted by Noelle Morris, and Shaping the Future, hosted by Matthew Mugo Fields.

Christine Condon
Shaped Editor-in-Chief

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Before we say goodbye to 2020, we want to highlight the most-read Shaped blogs, written with you in mind as you navigated this most unusual year.

Christine Condon
Shaped Editor-in-Chief

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Meet Danielle Riha, a middle school teacher at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage. She is passionate about equity, indigenous languages, and culturally relevant lessons. She was the Alaska Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award in 2019.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Karen Johnston, an elementary school teacher at Harriet Tubman Montessori in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen helps build a comfortable and open learning environment for her students by utilizing student-directed activities in mixed grade level classes.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Karl Grubaugh, a former AP economics teacher and advanced journalism advisor at Granite Bay High School in California. A journalist and editor himself, Karl advised for the award-winning student newspaper The Granite Bay Gazette, and retired in 2020 after almost 40 years as an educator.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Margarita Lezama, an ESL and ESOL teacher at Brownsville Middle School in Miami, Florida. Originally from Nicaragua, Margarita now teaches a large immigrant population and relates with her students on topics like coping with culture shock, learning English, and facing discrimination.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Sharon Biava joins us once again to discuss virtual learning during COVID-19, and how she adapted to her new digital classroom with the help of her students. A 4th grade math teacher at Silver Lakes Elementary in Florida, Sharon is passionate about literacy, civics, and equity for all students.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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Meet Sharon Biava, a 4th grade math teacher at Silver Lakes Elementary in Miramar, Florida. A proud single mother of twins, Sharon has been an educator for 18 years and is a coach for both speech and debate and the chess team. She is passionate about literacy, civics, and equity for all students.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

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