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July 16, 2015

Am I a Racist Teacher for Not Being 'Color-Blind'?

After a small but loud group of white teachers pushback against my Ed Week op-ed about race in education, I felt compelled to follow-up with another post that doubles down while also apologizes (but only just a little).

July 05, 2015

Invitation to Read: 'Racial Injustice is Rooted In a Lie'

Last week I particpated in a roundtable blogging discussion called "Confronting Racial Injustice in Schools" Education Week's Op-EDucation page, and it was sad and shocking to read the racist and culturally insensitive comments of some readers—especially because these people may very well be "educators."

April 30, 2015

More Problems, More Prayer: A Year in the Life of Chicago Public Schools

The National Day of Prayer is May 7, and Chicago's educational crisis tops my list of societal issues to take to God.

April 13, 2015

Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage

Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.

March 26, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Urgent: An Honest Confession From a Teacher-Mom

I never fully internalized the power of the phrase a "sense of urgency" in education until I needed other people to have it for my 8-year-old daughter and it seemed really hard to find.

March 02, 2015

Open Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

The bid for mayor in Chicago is just heating up. Ailing teachers union president Karen Lewis is backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but can he manage the city's fiscal crisis while also improving the Chicago Public Schools?

February 04, 2015

Beyond Profiling: Deepening Classroom Discussions About Race

Guest blogger and Bronx teacher Mark Anderson taught an in-depth unit on racial segregation and had to grapple with surprising feedback from his students of color.

January 13, 2015

Ill. Pulls the Rug Out With New ESL-Endorsement Requirement for Teachers

A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.

December 16, 2014

Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates

Teachers unions and school reformers often force teachers to pick a side—district or charter—and stick to it; however, more teachers need to cross that invisible line.

November 04, 2014

Panic, Shame, and Cuffs: An Account From an Arrested Black Teacher

When a simple traffic violation lands an upstanding teacher on her way to a prayer meeting in handcuffs, maybe there's a problem with the way we do policing in low-income Black communities.

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