5 Things We Need to Know About The L.A. Teacher’s Strike

  ______________________________________________________________________ Due to the actions of teachers across the country last year, especially in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kentucky, many have called 2018 "The Year Of The Teacher." But 2019 might just see a wave of "Red For Ed," as teachers in one of the largest school districts stage a significant strike involving over [...]

By |2019-01-16T19:11:45+00:00January 16th, 2019|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

Having a Tupac State of Mind: Supporting Our Students that Grow from Concrete

“We wouldn't ask why a rose that grew from the concrete has damaged petals, in turn, we would all celebrate its tenacity, we would all love its will to reach the sun, well, we are the roses, this is the concrete and these are my damaged petals, don't ask me why, thank God, and ask [...]

America Already has a wall, it’s made up of teachers.

I debated whether to encourage my sophomore Global History students to watch President Trump's address on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  Since 2016, it has been difficult to navigate how to incorporate civics and current events into my social studies classroom.  I desire student awareness, but I am concerned that any discussion of his speech, or [...]

By |2019-01-10T22:43:47+00:00January 10th, 2019|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

There are Thousands of Students Like Andrew Johnson Sitting in Our Schools

Dejected. Embarrassed. Defeated. Distraught. These are all the words that came to mind when I saw the video of Andrew Johnson, the wrestler from Buena High School in Atlantic County, New Jersey who was told by a referee with a history of racist behavior he had to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match during a  meet [...]

By |2018-12-22T16:56:08+00:00December 22nd, 2018|Instruction&Curriculum|0 Comments

Forget Allies and Advocates, I Needed an Activist

We (educators) like to think that we're advocates for students. I've even been guilty myself of living in the nobleness of the word. However, as our current climate (societal and educational) continues to toil with inclusivity and what it means to be responsive to ALL, I grow impatient with our "nobleness." Case in point, social [...]