Writing Roundup for August

I'm doing a lot of either freelance writing or writing to fill in for other people in so many place that I wanted to pull them all together in one space. First, my friend and the founder of EduColor, José Luis Vilson, took a much needed vacation and let Rusul Alrubail and me take over for the week. I wrote about both microaggressions and macroaggressions of my experiences in the public school system ....more

Writing over at The Root

I'm over at The Root today, writing about the pushback against the NAACP's Anti-Charter School stance....more

The Edit

Every spring, just before summer vacation for the students start, I address students in a few formal situations. I've done this for graduation ceremonies, Senior recognitions, and nights on which we bestow awards to students. Every time I am tasked with this, I wonder about the words I'm going to say to them ....more

Working Black & White: A Brief History of Troublemaking

This is part II of a series. You can start with Part I here. 6. I am in my last year of college to get my degree in English Literature when I decide to take a detour and get my credentials so that I can teach ....more

A Storytelling Trip with Exodus Road

Of the many things at which I am not expert, planning ahead is one of them. When my friends in education tell me about where they're traveling for the summer in January...more

The Quiet Ambassador Program

A few months ago I was connected with an editor from The Quiet Revolution, a platform that accompanies Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. As a self-proclaimed extrovert, I wasn't immediately hooked because I wondered what it would have to offer me. After all, shouldn't this apply to me if I'm going to embrace reading it? ...more

Financial Literacy & How To Achieve It

As April is Financial Literacy Month, I am partnering with WeAreTeachers and the PwC Charitable Foundation to help students in the classroom become financially literate....more

Writings & Awards & Stuff

There's been a lot going on in my life and I have a couple of blog posts in the hopper (is that what we say? hopper?) to publish in the next week or so. In the meantime, here's a quick update in bullet list form: ...more

Nancy Hanks' Speech on School Discipline

Everyone keeps sending this to me as if I haven't already gotten it 20 times today. It sounds very much like a speech I could give right down to the encounter she had with a student she had previously disciplined in school. We make so many mistakes, every day, that there are some that retreat and go into hiding until you run into an adult you once had in the classroom ....more