Read Me, Please! My favorites from 2015.

If you’re like me, you have a small stack of magazines you’ve promise yourself you’ll get to…eventually. You just can’t seem to find the time to read the cover story that made you buy the magazine or the news article that piqued your interest or the webpage that you bookmarked. And it’s understandable why the More…

Paris solidarite

We are all Paris

I am just back from my first meeting as a new regional vice president of Education International, an organization with the powerful solidarity of almost 400 educational unions and associations in 171 countries that represents more than 32 million educators from preschool to graduate school. They hold their meetings at their headquarters this week in Brussels. Yes. Brussels. More…

TIME to Beat up Teachers

A fabulous friend recently said to me, “I’m just so tired of the new national pastime – Beat up a Teacher.” She had seen the nasty cover of Time with a court gavel about to smash an apple (a good one by the way). She had seen the title she knew was a lie: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. But I think what pushed her over the edge was the subheading: A group of Silicon Valley investors wants to change that. More…

When is Parents Day?

I remember when I first started teaching sometime in the late 1800s when one of the moms of one of my 4th graders came to the class to apologize. She had always been The Room Mother for her kids, but this year she was working outside the home, and she was apologizing… More…

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: Overcoming

I told my class that I was born the year a little boy named Emmet Till died. Emmet Till was from Chicago and was visiting his uncle in Mississippi for the summer. He was only fourteen years old when he was lynched for being sassy to a white woman in a store. More…

Nerves and the New School Year

I was always nervous the first day of school, but it was a good nervous. I was nervous-excited as a kid. I was excited to know my new teacher. I was excited to know who would be sitting next to me. I was excited that I got a new pair of shoes even if I had to wear my big sister’s hand-me-down sweater. It was a cool sweater, so that was ok. More…