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

Black History, Black Forgotten Art

On the advice of my friend and school librarian, Trish, I have just finished reading The Seventh Most Important Thing...more

Black History, Black Heritage Box

Heritage Box, a new company devoted to monthly deliveries, officially launched last month in January with the express purpose of mailing out mystery boxes full of goodies from Africa. The Heritage Box is curated to teach children ages 7 to 12 about Black History and geography of the countries of Africa. (Because there are a lot of them ....more

Black History, Black Ballerinas: Ingrid Silva

A little over a year ago my friend Isabel invited me to the ballet in Chicago. She lives in New York and had traveled to see them because she's on the board of directors of the ballet that was performing, the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I am so proud of what she's doing that I occasionally look here to see her name displayed ....more

Black History, Black Future: Wendell Scott

Yesterday, while searching for great content to add to my growing list of things to share with our students for Black History Month, I happened upon the #BlackFutureMonth hashtag on Twitter. I was in my office by myself, or so I thought, but two students had come in unbeknownst to me and they heard me talking to myself....more

A Great & Terrible Thing

This morning I woke to the first day of Black History Month where we have a leap day at the end. That means an extra day of sharing Black History facts this year. The New York Times article I'm sharing is authored by three people and contains some great and terrible parts as the photos are great but it's terrible we have yet to be privvy to them since they weren't deemed worthy of sharing ....more

Where I've Been

Goodness, it's been too long since I did the whole LOGIN>TYPE SOMETHING>PUBLISH so I think it's best to start with where I've been hiding: under the covers, mostly. While work is always busy and life is hectic, I've been recuperating from surgery that I wrote about for Tue/Night here. It's titled Meeting Minutes: My Organs Discuss Our Recent Hysterectomy ....more