Reintegration: Quality Education for All

It’s been on my mind for a long time: the idea that receiving quality education is dependent upon the neighborhoods that students live.  This just shouldn’t be.  Quality education should be an opportunity afforded to all children regardless of race, class, or status.  Although Brown v. The Board of Education struck down state’s ability to … More Reintegration: Quality Education for All

Making in Schools

A few months ago, I was asked to answer a few questions focused on making in as an instructional practice.  Scrolling through some of my old documents, I came across them again today and thought that they they would be of value to share with my readers.  The questions and answers are as follows:   … More Making in Schools

Kids Before Content

A topic that repeatedly comes up in education are standards.  Whether it is the misinformed outlash that has been brought about by the Common Core or the scores that arise from the standardized testing, most conversations about education seems to hover around the same place: standards.  We could talk about this subject all day and … More Kids Before Content

The Small Victory

I am naturally inclined to look at the world as a series of problems to be solved.  It brings me great joy to tackle a problem and solve it.  This worldview is both a blessing and a curse.  I am drawn to helping others and working with them to become better version of themselves.  Over … More The Small Victory

I Won’t Cave

During a meeting a week ago, I was engaged in a conversation amongst fellow teachers.  We were discussing the implications of tracking.  The conversation led down the path of standardized testing— as it so often does.  How do we make sure that all students are learning if we are in a perpetual race to complete … More I Won’t Cave

The Power of Words

The power of our words can brighten minds, mend hearts, and change lives.   As teachers, we have been blessed with the opportunity to stand among a group of young people and use our words to inspire, console, enlighten, and so much more.  If we are not careful with the words that we choose, we risk … More The Power of Words

What’s Your Mission?

As we move through the first days of the new year and many are establishing their resolutions, maybe it’s time that we all take a moment to look deep into our own hearts and answer the question: “What do you stand for?” Through some soul searching, we can hope to glean some insight into our mission as educators and our vision for the new year. After all, our students shouldn’t be the only ones who have a mission and goals for the upcoming year. … More What’s Your Mission?