Tenacious Teachers, Tenacious Conversations

What’s revealed when teachers say exactly what’s on their minds? From teaching in a texting, TikTok and Instagram culture, to the myth that our kids just can’t read – how do public school teachers create culture while inspiring dreamers and critical thinkers in classrooms across America? The Tenacious Teacher Podcast™ uncovers the authentic, uplifting, unpredictable and incredibly funny experiences of the most transformative and tenacious teachers. Powered by Friendship.

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In this episode, Dominique Johnson, a tenacious teacher and ELA chair at Friendship Blow Pierce Elementary and Middle School in Washington, D.C., reveals why she transitioned from a professional athlete to the court of student achievement.
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What’s revealed when teachers say exactly what’s on their minds? From teaching in a texting, TikTok and Instagram culture to the myth that our kids just can’t read – how do public school teachers create culture, while inspiring dreamers and critical thinkers in classrooms across America?

The Tenacious Teacher Podcast™ uncovers the authentic, uplifting, unpredictable and incredibly funny experiences of the most transformative and tenacious teachers. Hosted by Candice Tolliver Burns, the Tenacious Teacher Podcast™ is Powered by Friendship.

Friendship Public Charter School Network

Led by noted education innovator CEO Patricia Brantley, Friendship Public Charter School Network is one of the District of Columbia’s largest and highest-performing public charter school networks, with 15 schools serving over 4,800 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.

Friendship provides a world-class education that prepares students for college success and a career of their choice. Friendship empowers students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning, and develop as ethical and well-rounded citizens who contribute actively to their communities.

According to recently released 2022-2023 data from PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), Friendship is outperforming the rest of Washington D.C.’s public charter school sector in math and English language arts (ELA) growth among economically disadvantaged and Black students, who make up the vast majority of Friendship's student population.

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