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

Bing in the Classroom: An Administrative Perspective

This is a sponsored post for We Are Teachers in conjunction with Bing in the Classroom. All opinions and stories are my own. When I was approached about working in administration at the one and only technology magnet school here in Springfield, IL I wasn't even the least bit skeptical ....more

Back in the Day: Looking Back From Spring Valley High School

“Back in the day, students respected their teachers.” And so goes the mantra of police apologists in the wake of yet another cell phone video depicting abuse at the hands of this nation’s finest. This time, the perpetrator: a white Student Resource Officer (SRO) at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. The victim: a Black teenage female student who is a ward of the state....more

Racial Taboo Movie: A Critique

As a citizen of my town and a community member, I'm deeply interested in things like education and race, politics and race, and economics and race. This is no secret to anyone who knows me or my writing for the past decade. Because of that, in the last year of my life I've been committed on a personal and community member to become more involved in things that would directly impact everyone who lives near me ....more

If The Black Lives Matter Movement Would Just Be Convenient

If the Black Lives Matter movement would just be convenient and not disruptive, we wouldn’t be in this turmoil. I believe it was Frederick Douglass who said that "without a struggle, there can be no progress." I'm seeing so many people ask for convenience in the struggle. ...more

Students and Race and Doing Better Than I Have Been

She was a teacher from Chicago and I never caught her name but that doesn't matter. Her group had come for a tour and I was chosen by my district to give them a tour of our Title 1 schools. Nothing about her demeanor was malicious or unkind ....more