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A letter from the Digital Campus Team:

Happy New Year!

In this month’s Digital Campus Library e-newsletter we’d like to share the first installment of a new article series from Julie Wright, “Love Letters.”

Dear Teacher,

Teaching is hard work! But it is hard, rewarding work. It’s the work I’ve loved for over twenty years and the work I want you to love for the next twenty. I have this love affair with education—a love affair that keeps me interested, sometimes keeps me up at night, brings me joy even when I am exhausted, inspires me to be a better me, blends my personal self with my professional self— when I’m in, I’m all in. Living in the present while honoring the past and making plans for the future keeps me growing.

I’m writing this love letter to you because I want for you what my love affair has afforded me—the ability to honor the intention, passion, and integrity that inspires me to get up every day and show up for kids. Teaching can be lonely and exhausting. There are plenty of moments when teachers are or feel like we are alone in our work. This love letter is a reminder that I believe in you and am here to support your efforts.

I know what you’re thinking. “Ha! She doesn’t even know me. This is completely cornball.” That’s okay; skepticism is a good trait for teachers to have. Our students need models of healthy skepticism. Education shouldn’t demand compliance from children or adults, something I’m pretty sure you agree with. Click here to continue reading.

(Please print and share, or forward this free article to start a conversation with colleagues.)

More content is coming in February, including the next installment from Julie Wright’s “Love Letters” to teachers.

What do you want to hear more about? Who do you want to hear from? Do you have some insight you’d like to write about? Let us know: feel free to email

In the meantime, we hope you have a great month.

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Plus, there’s great new content to browse. Here are some highlights:

“You Want Me to Argue What?” by Tom Newkirk
“Mind Mapping: Locating Student Identity” by Dan Weinstein
“How a Writer Resists Assassination Attempts” by Luke Reynolds
“My Students Myself: Nurturing the Vernacular in Writing” by Geri DeLuca
“Reading Like a Scavenger: What Do I See? What Is This Telling Me?” by Kate Gardoqui

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