To Other White Folks: Why the #blacklivesmatter Movement Matters

It’s been two years since the #blacklivesmatter movement appeared after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the unjust murder of Trayvon Martin.  In that same time, the media began to cast a more focused spotlight on race relations in this country.  The spotlight only served to display what many already knew was happening in this … More To Other White Folks: Why the #blacklivesmatter Movement Matters

In America, Created Equal Doesn’t Equate to Equal Educational Opportunity

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  This is perhaps one of the most well-known phrases in the English language.  Although this phrase is something that most … More In America, Created Equal Doesn’t Equate to Equal Educational Opportunity

Want to Know How Your School Handles Equity and Diversity?: Just Ask The Students

A few years back, I was talking with one of my students.  Somehow the conversation led to me asking what people in his neighborhood thought of our school.  Very emphatically he exclaimed: “Nobody in my neighborhood knows about this school.  This school’s for white people.”  I learned then that if you wanted to know about … More Want to Know How Your School Handles Equity and Diversity?: Just Ask The Students

Engaging Parents

While I was thumbing through the intermingled stream of information as it shows up on the web, I came across an article that was proposing a different approach to communication with parents.  The post itself was rather deplete of any new ideas on how to build a stronger bridge between parents and schools.  What I … More Engaging Parents

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