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A Powerful Conversation on Schools, Poverty, and Race

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"He had me at 'nerd farmer.'

Nate Bowling was sitting in my office, talking about teaching. I consider myself a nerd, so when the Washington State Teacher of the Year used the word early in our meeting and meant it as a compliment I sat up a little in my chair.

'I joke about being a nerd farmer,' Nate said. 'I'm trying to cultivate a kind of scholarship in students, and a passion for learning. So I bring passion to the classroom, and they see that and rise to the occasion.'"

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