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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.

February 12, 2015

The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System

Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system.

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.

November 25, 2014

Michael Brown Verdict and Two Meatless Slices of Bread

It's often said that "a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich," so why wasn't the police officer who was seen murdering an unarmed teenager brought to trial?

October 01, 2014

For the Love of Music, Teach Violin in Schools!

An casual trip to a violin shop--and an encounter with a luthier--radically changed one teacher's perspective on education, the economy, and the virtues of music itself.

September 24, 2014

Three Ways to Take the 'Shame' Out of Teaching

In this guest blog, educator Sara Urben explains why the teaching profession is cloaked in shame and offers three strategies to shake it off.

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.

June 04, 2014

The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 26

A great lesson in my boys club goes terribly wrong. This is what I learned and what I hope the boys learned, too.

May 07, 2014

The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day 11

After just two weeks, Nine out of the ten students in my Warriors Boys Book Club are achieving new-found success. Rewards, footage of Kevin Durant, and a book about middle school students torturing their teacher are yielding strong results.

April 23, 2014

The Boys Book Club Experiment: Day One

A follow-up to my first blog about my Reading Warriors all-boys book club, I update readers on how the first day went. I want to help ten hard-to-reach Latino boys how be successful students, but this project is turning out to be much more interesting than I expected.

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