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April 16, 2014

Being Ms. Rhames: Reflections From a Substitute Teacher

During my maternity leave from mid-November to early March, Virginia Cutshall served as my substitute teacher. I asked her write an honest depiction of her experience in a guest blog post.

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.

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 11, 2013

It's Time for an 'Education Spring' in American Public Schools

Any efforts to improve and transform public education, like the Common CoreState Standards, will not succeed if we do not engage teachers as the experts and leaders in the process. We need an "Education Spring," in which teachers rise up and take control of the leadership of their profession. Thanks to emerging national teacher voice organizations, we may be on the verge of an exciting new chapter in education reform.

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 09, 2013

Dad's Happy Birthday Message Inspires Teacher to Live Passionately

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...

September 25, 2013

Who Wore the Pants at the 2nd Annual Bammy Awards?

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...

July 31, 2013

WARNING: This Blog Post May Be Too 'Taboo' for Wimpy Teachers

There are certain topics that most teachers will not want to talk about publicly. But when teachers discuss these taboo topics out in the open, we strengthen our voice, regain our credibility, and elevate our profession.

June 26, 2013

When an African American Teacher Just Feels Black

Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the critical state of Nelson Mandela, and other news events makes one teacher re-assess her feelings about being called an African American verse just being called black.

May 29, 2013

Education Blogger Bans the 'Blame Game' in Chicago, the Whole Nation

Who's to blame for the crisis of education in Chicago? Read this post--you may be surprised.

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