Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism: A Seminar Recap

I often ask myself the question that seems to permeate every part of my pedagogy in American public education: who is this for? It's simple at the outset, but, when answering it, I find myself at an intersection of American pathology that is fraught with complications and, more importantly, American history. I'm native to a complicated membership of a working class that's known both desperate levels of poverty as well as upper education struggling within the middle class ....more

Virtual Field Trip: Wild Biomes

This is a sponsored post. However, my passion for education and global water concerns are, as always, my own. I am supremely disappointed in my inability to grow things in a sustainable manner ....more

Before the Good Guys Were Liked: Dr. King’s Untold Stories

This is part three of a sponsored post series with Wells Fargo. In my lifetime everyone has always referred to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ....more

I Gotchu

Last night, Mason came over and, since he has the impeccable timing of a 23-year-old-about-to-live-on-his-own, he knew exactly when we were cooking dinner so that he could cop a free meal out of us. It's awesome and bizarre how his timing works, but he also knew that I baked cookies over the weekend so he went searching for them....more

My Untold Story: Kathryn Harris as Harriet Tubman

This is part two of a sponsored series with Wells Fargo. “When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven!” ...more

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