Sydney Chaffee

About Sydney Chaffee

Sydney Chaffee is the 9th grade Humanities Teacher at Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, MA. She is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year. This summer, Sydney attended an Aspen Institute convening on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and Equity.

Balancing the Brain and the Heart

In education, we sometimes fall into an acronym trap: ESSA. IEP. ELA. SEL. Or we default to rattling off statistics as shorthand for what we’re really talking about. And sometimes, this kind of secret education code serves us well. It allows us to transmit information efficiently. But it also comes at a price if we forget to balance it out with stories about the humans at the center of our work.