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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.

April 10, 2013

How a First-Rate Principal Stopped the Infamous "Revolving Door"

Guest blogger Whitney Bubenzer credits her principal for nurturing her teaching career and showing her the enormous potential found in urban education.

December 29, 2012

Diary of a Mad Black Teacher: Part 2: Sandy Hook

The murders of 62 mostly minority children in Chicago this year were just as tragic and newsworthy as the 20 children killed in Sandy Hook. Had you heard about the former statistic?

October 17, 2012

Chicago Public Schools: Change We Can't Believe In

Change is hard, especially for the Chicago Public Schools. We have had five CEOs of the school system in the past four years. Arne Duncan. Ron Huberman. Terry Mazany. Jean-Claude Brizard. And now, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, or B3 as her nickname goes. At least we finally got a woman in the top spot!...

October 03, 2012

At-Risk Teachers: Before You Quit, Try Blogging

I'm still in bed The small hum of my husband's car backing down the driveway My hand gropes for the pull-chain on the nightstand lamp I place my laptop on my old cutting board and slowly open it up The chill of the wood now warming against my thighs Click, click, clicking of keys It's 4:30 a....

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