As we all struggle with the impending end of another school year and wonder what can be done to bring the joy and accomplishment back to today’s classrooms, it’s comforting to know that we parents, grandparents and students aren’t alone. This short video clip gives nourishing food for thought.

Taylor Mali is a poet, teacher, and the curator of the Page Meets Stage series that takes place at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

The release of this video comes at the tail end of Taylor Mali’s Quest for a Thousand Teachers, a goal set in 2000 to inspire 1,000 people to become teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.” After more than 12 years, Taylor has reached this goal and is soon to release his book, “What Teachers Make,” described as “an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever.” #whatteachersmake

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