It's my birthday today, and I am grateful to be alive and to be carrying a life. At this time last year, my dad left a message on my cell phone in which he sang "Happy Birthday" and recited a little silly poem in my honor. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I didn't call him back right away becaus...
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October 09, 2013
September 25, 2013
Last Saturday, I won the "2013 Education Blogger/Commentator of the Year" title at the Bammy Awards in Washington, D.C. The Bammys sent a limousine to take me and all the honorees from the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel to the Arena Stage Theater, where the ceremony took place. There was the red carpet, the...
August 28, 2013
My dream is that the poor black and brown children of Chicago will get an equal chance at obtaining a quality education this year—not just at the "welcoming" schools but in the ordinary, less politicized neighborhood schools.
July 10, 2013
My aunt inspired me to be smart, beautiful, and really good at something important. I thought this meant being a medical doctorate like her, but it actually meant becoming a writer and teacher.
May 08, 2013
Who has the tougher job: Teachers or Police Officers? Read this post and you decide.
April 10, 2013
Guest blogger Whitney Bubenzer credits her principal for nurturing her teaching career and showing her the enormous potential found in urban education.
October 10, 2012
If you hang around middle schoolers long enough, you can learn a lot—even a few things about sex. When I was their age, no one talked to me about sex. When I got my menstrual period, all my mother told me was that if I started fooling around with boys I could get pregnant. I figured out what ...
September 26, 2012
Every now and then, I have students who are uncomfortable around me, like they are scared. During a teacher-student conference I have to ask them to pull their chair up to my desk a little closer. "I don't bite," I tell them. "I'm not a cannibal, though I've been accused of being one." Wait, wai...
August 22, 2012
Most lovers of children's literature know the tear-jerking, classic teacher-student memoir by Patricia Polacco entitled Thank You, Mr. Falker. It's tells of Polacco's battle with low self-esteem because at age nine she still could not read, and the persistent teacher who diagnosed her dyslexia. Th...
July 25, 2012
Color-ado, a color of red Red for the senseless blood that was shed Red for the rage of a twisted mind So lost So dark So cruel, unkind Color this state in all shades of red For the critically injured mom unaware her child is dead For the young handsome lovers So young So brave Shielding their wom...