Every Kid Needs a Champion


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.


  • How do you raise the self-esteem of a child and academic ability at the same time?
  • What difference does believing in students make?
  • What does Rita say the key is?