June 2012 Archives

At the start of 2010, my husband and I made a resolution that drastically changed our lifestyle. It caused us both joy and pain. Some people scoffed. Others thought we were weird. We decided to live on much less than we earned in an effort to become debt-free. In January 2012, we had met our goal. We were free of student loans. Free of both of car notes. Our many credit cards all had zero balances. And while we weren't able to pay off our mortgage, we did refinance to obtained a much lower interest rate. We ended up paying ...


Teachers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are good teachers and some of us should have quit a long time ago. Some of us are excited about life while others tame thoughts of suicide with daily doses of Prozac. Some teachers are madly in love with their spouses while others enjoy illicit affairs after school. If any of this is shocking to you, than you may not have realized this simple fact: Teachers are people, too. We breathe. We cry. We struggle. The fact that teachers are regular people with normal joys and pains is rarely acknowledged. ...


On May 23, Indiana school principal Faren D'Abell guest blogged about why he took his own child out of Chicago Public Schools and moved to another state. D'Abell had the resources to "get out" of a low-performing school system, but he understood that the average student in large urban districts have few education options. I invited CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to guest blog a response to D'Abell's concerns. With only one year on the job, Brizard has pushed aggressive education reforms aimed at restructuring the teaching profession, ranging from how student learning is measured to how teachers are paid. On ...


This weekend, I am hosting a spiritual conference for teachers of all pedagogical preferences, political persuasions, and ethnicities. It is designed to allow educators of like faith to pray together and to encourage us to express an aspect of our personality that we often conceal from our peers at work. Like everyone else, teachers hold secrets—some so painful, some so joyous it's hard to contain. Just last Sunday, a Jewish colleague of mine came to visit my church, a predominately African American congregation. She wanted to hear the soulful sounds of a gospel choir. She wanted to sit with...


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