August 2011 Archives

Some friends from church and I periodically do a community prayer walk, engaging people on the streets to find out what's going on and how we can pray for them. On the evening of August 26, I approached a group of teenagers and asked them how things were going. That's when I met Monique (not her real name), a 17-year-old who felt like a dead girl walking. "My school sucks!" said Monique, repeating it twice. It was the first thing she said when I asked her how I should pray. When she told me the name of her high school ...


It was time to take the training wheels off. In fact, it was long overdue. My nine-and-a-half-year-old daughter had been too afraid to ride her bike without them, yet too embarrassed to ride with them on. Her friends were riding with no hands, and the 6-year-old girl on the corner had ditched her extra pair of wheels a year ago. Instead of facing her fear of trying to balance the bike on her own, my daughter left it in the garage and contently rode her scooter. Isn't this what some of us do? Teachers ride around school buildings with training ...


On August 11, I had the opportunity to meet with Chicago Public Schools' new CEO Jean-Claude Brizard on his listening tour. Brizard and Dr. Noemi Donoso, his Chief Education Officer, spent more than an hour discussing education reform with me and several classroom teachers selected for the two-year Teaching Policy Fellowship by Teach Plus. For years I had been talking about education reform in theory, but as Brizard continued to solicit our thoughts on upcoming initiatives, I sensed for the first time that change was actually coming to Chicago Public Schools. Leading up to his hiring by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ...


I am humbled by the overwhelming support for my first blog post. I want to thank each and every reader, those who left a comment and those who did not, those who shared the article and those who kept it to themselves, those who agreed with me and those who did not. I am honored to have your audience and challenged to continue to reflect deeply and write honestly. THANK YOU! I entered college as a pre-med major set on becoming a doctor. After writing for the college newspaper, my passion shifted to journalism. As a reporter, I volunteered to ...


Back in the days when I had no idea of what was actually required to be a good teacher, back when I was in grad school studying education theory and making foolish assumptions about how to manage students, I walked in on a conversation in a teacher's lounge that would change my life. I had recently fled—yes I said fled—an elementary school on the West Side of Chicago. My year of student teaching had begun with the principal telling her staff that she hired us because we were physically attractive and that she loved the "green stuff" (gesturing...


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