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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?

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.

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.

September 05, 2012

As Chicago Teacher Strike Looms, I Celebrate a Great Lesson

I did it. Yesterday I publicly revealed my blog to my students. I set up the LCD projector and taught the Smiley-Face Trick of "Repetition for Effect" using my post about my second-grade Ms. White, who wrote me off. All four of my writing classes applauded at the end of the lesson. It was the grea...

July 11, 2012

Raise Your Hand If You Earned Your Summer Break

My summer break started just a week ago. As a charter school teacher, I work all year round. Our summer break started after Independence Day and I'm back to work in mid-August. Yes, I'm at work when the dog days of summer first start barking, and I'm back to work long before those dogs have a chance...

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