New Jersey English Journal

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This piece provides context for the K-12 teacher recruitment and sustainability crisis we face in the United States. The harmful effects of this crisis situate the authors’ assertion that the ELA classroom is the space in which both teachers and students can find solace and inspiration during turbulent times in public education. The authors propose three overarching categories of classroom practices, along with specific strategies per category that can be implemented in sustaining the teacher and learner: 1) routines for the beginning of class, 2) routines for reading and writing, and 3) routines for the end of class.