When it comes to decreasing the dropout rate, some kids just need a hefty dose of "Mama."
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September 09, 2014
June 18, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.