April 2014 Archives

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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