Celebrating–and learning from–older Americans

When I was teaching sixth grade at Orchard Elementary, I was always trying to think of ways to make my lessons more real. We were studying a particularly dry history textbook about World War II—a series of dates, battles, and names of generals. Those publishers had to work really hard to make World War II boring, More…

Black Teachers Matter

Nationwide, fewer than 20 percent of teachers are non-white, while more than 50 percent of public school students are African American, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander or Native American. More…

Instead of “going back to school” let’s do this…

Whether we’re teachers, school bus drivers, counselors, faculty members, financial aid administrators, or lunch ladies, we have a gift: the chance to start over every single year, to “do it all again but even better.” Is this a great profession, or what? More…

Teaching & Learning: Education, Art and Diversity

Lily sat down with actor and activist Malcolm-Jamal Warner at Teaching and Learning 2016 to talk Education, Arts, and Activism. Lily also met with the inspiring young literary activist Marley Dias who started #1000BlackGirlBooks because there weren’t enough characters in stories with whom she could identify. More…