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Lessons from a Storm

Emotionally drained, financially strapped: How Texas teachers weathered the school year after Hurricane Harvey

Homeless for a month and a half after the hurricane, Justin Williams had to put his life back together while teaching Alief ISD sixth graders. Tiffany Robinson pushed students even harder to pass state tests after teachers lost 11 school days to Harvey.

Justin Williams reads along with his class on April 20, 2018.

Lessons from a Storm

When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast last year, it upended the lives of the state’s teachers and students — in the classroom and at home. 

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Tiffany Robinson, science curriculum specialist, heads to after school intervention with a box of hot chips to entice students to stay at the STAAR prepping tutorial on April 19, 2018.
Justin Williams, teacher at Mata Intermediate School, outside his classroom on April 19, 2018.
Tiffany Robinson, science curriculum specialist, at Elsik High School in Houston on March 28, 2018. With 12 instructional days lost, Robinson uses data driven methods to provide "interventions" for students that need additional support for the STAAR test.
Daniel Saldana, 9th grade student at Elsik High school, looks up during a quiz about biomolecules during an afternoon intervention program on April 19, 2018.
A student lays his head down during the class lesson at the after school intervention program on April 19, 2018.

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