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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.

April 30, 2014

It's Hard to Pray for Public Education ... But I Do It Anyway

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.

April 09, 2014

Dare to Create 'Beloved Community' in Public Schools and Urban Neighborhoods

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.

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.

March 05, 2014

In Three Months, I Forgot How to Teach

My first day back at school after a three-month maternity leave revealed just how much I had forgotten about teaching.

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.

January 06, 2014

TEDx Talk (Video): Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo

Yes, teachers deserve a seat at the table when systematic reforms are being decided, but the vacuum of teacher voice isn't just in City Hall, the state capitol building, or in the U.S. Department of Education. The true power of teacher voice is local. It's in our schools. If we feel powerless to change our local schools, how will our voices ever effectively reach Washington? (See TEDx Talk video)

December 04, 2013

Forever Educated by 'Nurse Rita' in a Hospital Nursery

I gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Nov. 20, 2013, and a day later I watched a sick baby girl turn blue. 'Nurse Rita' did all she could to save the child's life, and in the process she forever educated me and the dozen parents who were in that hospital nursery. The incident taught me what it looks like to put your whole heart into your profession.

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.

November 06, 2013

The Day All the Middle School Teachers Got Pregnant

Why on earth would seven middle school teachers plan to get pregnant all on the same day? This story will warm your heart and make your belly ache with laughter.

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