Teacher Repents for Going 'Ghetto' on a Parent

After finally lashing back at an insolent parent, I realize why its important for me, the teacher, to apologize first—and never go there again.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: The Conclusion

With the Warriors Boys Book Club now over, but I'll be analyzing the results from this experiment for at least the next four years.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 26

A great lesson in my boys club goes terrible wrong. This is what I learned and what I hope the boys learned, too.


What Did 'Brown v. The Board of Education' Ever Do for Me?

If Brown was supposed to desegregate schools, why didn't I ever get to see the benefit? Two words: white flight.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 11

After just two weeks, Nine out of the ten students in my Warriors Boys Book Club are achieving new-found success. Rewards, footage of Kevin Durant, and a book about middle school students torturing their teacher are yielding strong results.


It's Hard to Pray for Public Education ... But I Do It Anyway

The National Day of Prayer falls on every first Thursday in May, and tomorrow I will lead the prayer for education at a prayer breakfast in downtown Chicago. While I'm honored to have been asked, this role comes with great responsibility.


The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day One

A follow-up to my first blog about my Reading Warriors all-boys book club, I update readers on how the first day went. I want to help ten hard-to-reach Latino boys how be successful students, but this project is turning out to be much more interesting than I expected.


Being Ms. Rhames: Reflections From a Substitute Teacher

During my maternity leave from mid-November to early March, Virginia Cutshall served as my substitute teacher. I asked her write an honest depiction of her experience in a guest blog post.


Dare to Create 'Beloved Community' in Public Schools and Urban Neighborhoods

In this guest blog post, Diane Miller makes a passionate plea for radically changing our cultural definition of "community." If we want the conditions of the world to improve, then those of us who have choice must choose to live differently for the common good of all humanity, especially the children.


The Book Club Experiment: Engaging Boys of Color in Reading

Can offering more boy-orientated, relevant texts and freeing up the space for more dialogue and self-expression turn ten boys who are indifferent to school into well-behaved students who do their homework and enjoy reading? That's the experiment.


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