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

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