New Family Dinners

Things are changing in my family dynamics right now and it has nothing to do with our upcoming nuptials or the fact that my 2 youngest are ferrying between another residence and mine. It's mostly to do with the fact that my father lives with us now....more

Virtual Field Trip: The Nature Conservancy

This is a sponsored post. However, my passion for education and global concerns are, as always, my own. This has been a week filled with nasty science-y type stuff but without going into too much detail I will say that the word "phlegm" has passed my contagious lips more often than I'd like ....more

Telling the Truth: Getting to Know Kathryn Harris

This is a sponsored series with Wells Fargo. ...more

It's Back Again! The H&R Block Budget Challenge

Every year with our 8th grade students we participate in something local that helps our students understand financial literacy. That's why I was willing to participate in the H&R Block Budget Challenge back in September. As someone who suffered through finances (needlessly, I might add! ...more

A Day at the Library in Ferguson, Missouri

Not long ago, my good friend Rana asked if she could do anything to help the Ferguson Municipal Public Library and I had followed the buzz around the social media campaign to get them books and resources while they remained opened during protests. Their library is one of the first things I began to monitor closely as students were showing up and volunteers were helping the people seeking a safe haven. Rana offered to immediately send 25 copies of one of the titles that Little Pickle Press publishes titled What Does it Mean to Be Safe?...more

5 Ways Schools Can Do a Better Job Teaching About Race After Ferguson

Twenty years after I got into education, not much has changed. But here's how we can have meaningful lessons about race in schools....more
This is a great post!  We are so ashamed of our country right now. What is happening to our ...more

Hatch & Project Sunlight #ShareAMeal

I tell some stories more than others because I know that they connect with people on a level that may not be expected from me. What I mean is that I don’t look like I’ve ever been hungry or living in poverty or have been homeless. Not now, anyway, and because life is very different for me some 20 years out I have to tell my stories of those difficult times ....more

Discussing Race with School Staff Post-Ferguson

The first year I worked in an American public school I found myself at odds instantly. It was, to be honest, in my student teaching days when I visited a number of different educational settings in order to get a grasp on the options we give students. I had traveled, for one full month, to an alternative school in Champaign, IL to do clinicals ....more

Jay Smooth on Ferguson

I share so many things in one place now that I dont' really have a curated list of smart and intellectual things to share (and Facebook isn't curated, it's just a noisy container where things get lost). I really wanted to share this here because Twitter isn't the place, either. Perhaps Tumblr is, but I'm not good with that ....more

13 Essays on Race

There's a lot of self-care going on for me right now. Instead of reading online information about Mike Brown and Ferguson, I'm looking to get involved in protests. Instead of sharing content of other writers, I'm sharing some of my own and putting them in one spot ....more