Month: January 2017

5 Ways We Can Build Parent Engagement in Our Schools

School districts across the nation are asking, where are the parents? I’ve been doing the work of family and community engagement for six years, and I can tell you that parents are present. They are working, they are contributing, raising and supporting their families. One thing that I remind people of is perspective. There are a large number of variables…

MLK Showed Us That Racism Can Get These Hands, and We Need To Acknowledge It

Don’t disrespect MLK on his birthday this year. There are too many myths and allegories and lies and unhealthy TMZ-esque fantasies in circulation about the type of leader Martin Luther King Jr. was for the civil rights movement; narratives that describe him as the dangerously forgiving, ultra-tolerant, community service-inspiring, Great Orator of Colorblindness, that tip-toed around White fragility in his church shoes, pleading kindly for his…

Teachers, Here’s How You Can Make These Last Days Before Break Count

The gap between Thanksgiving and winter break can be one of the most challenging stretches in time any teacher experiences. It’s like trekking the Sahara Desert with chapped lips, while only wearing a loose pair of Timberlands; you expose yourself to the same level of vulnerability and dryness and potential catastrophe. In my first year teaching, I barely survived December. I did more revisions…

Hidden Figures Are Sitting in Our Classrooms. And We’re Hiding Them.

Hidden. Figures. History books overlook pivotal instances and contributors to our country’s past. Some of these moments simply lacked a scribe or a historian to serve as record keeper, while others are intentionally neglected, deemed insignificant, omitted, or rejected by those whom have the power and the resolve to do so. Many of these forgotten contributors are women or people of color, or both.…