The Implications of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ in our Classrooms

I spent the last two evenings watching Lifetime’s documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Watch it now. I was in college at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the time his infamous “pee tape” became famous. I remember people in my classes telling me, through hushed whispers and giggles, [...]

10 Teacher Resolutions for 2019

Happy 2019! I know that for most teachers the "new year" begins on the first day of teaching in either August or September.  However, the calendar does not lie--2018 is history--it's January 2019, the midpoint of the teaching year, which offers an opportunity for reflection.  In my school district the year 2020 is the focus year [...]

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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 [...]

Microaggressions to Misbehavior: How School to Prison Pipeline Begins

  Wow, I'm surprised he did so well on the test.  He's not ghetto like those other boys. She's so loud. They don't care. They can't read. They're just lazy.  Microaggression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a [...]