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Teacher and author Rafe Esquith brings classroom advice to Bookshop Santa Cruz

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

Dubbed “the world’s most famous teacher” by the Washington Post, this 30-year 5th grade classroom veteran from Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles has a lot to share with teachers. According to the Post, Esquith earned the moniker:

  • When he goes to China he is so popular he needs security guards to protect him from the crush of the crowds.
  • He is the only K-12 teacher to be awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts.
  • Queen Elizabeth made him a member of the British Empire.
  • The Dalai Lama gave him the Compassion in Action Award.
  • He has turned down requests to have a Hollywood movie made about his work.
  • A documentary, “The Atticus Finch of Hobart Elementary,” was made about thefamous Shakespeare program he has run for years at Hobart, where all of his students appear in at least one full-length production a year.

His most recent book, Real Talk For Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: ‘No Retreat, No Surrender!,‘  promises to address day to day classroom reality with practical tips and big picture thinking. Esquith is committed to the art of teaching and offers ideas for teachers to rejuvenate and grow from great teachers to outstanding teachers. In addition to his talk at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Rafe Esquith will be signing copies of his book.

Anyone interested in education will enjoy Esquith’s candor and passion for kids and learning. Read more about his visit in the Sentinel.