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September 09, 2014

How to Get a Dropout Back in School—Mama Style!

When it comes to decreasing the dropout rate, some kids just need a hefty dose of "Mama."

June 18, 2014

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.

June 04, 2014

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.

May 07, 2014

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.

April 23, 2014

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.

April 02, 2014

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.

February 25, 2014

Black History: How a White University Changed a Poor Black Girl's Life

I got an education in the truest sense of the word while attending a predominantly white university. Persevering through loneliness and being misunderstood at college worked to build my character and identity, as did being exposed to opera, classical music and European travel.

November 13, 2013

Even the Best Teacher Could Be Considered a Negligent Parent

Educators need to think twice about the way we classify parents unto the "good" and "bad" categories. Every parent should be seen as a work in progress, just as we are, as well as our students. Schools have to put systems in place to provide quality supports to all the various constituents of the school community.

October 23, 2013

Why All American Teachers Should Care About Chicago

This week marked the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day," the vaguely remembered 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott in which 250,000 black students stayed out of school to demand an equal, desegregated education. Today, Chicago and most major cities are still providing an unequal and very segregated public education to minority students. We will not solve this problem until educators and civic leaders begin an honest, solutions-oriented conversation about the root cause of the problem: institutionalized racism.

July 17, 2013

Trayvon Martin and the Value of a Young African American Male Life

What is the value of a young African American male life? It's priceless, of course, but you wouldn't know it just by living in the city or watching the news.

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