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The Greatest Barrier for Educators Changing Their Practice? Internal Resistance

NyRee Clayton-Taylor, a creative writing teacher at Wheatley Elementary School in Louisville, Ky., feels lucky that her school’s administration supports her use of hip-hop in the classroom, but she says it wasn’t always that way. “When I first started 19 years ago, I did encounter some backlash; some principals didn’t like it.” Clayton-Taylor recalls one principal who asked her to take down a display she had set up with...