#ThankATeacher

Thank you, Mr. Olsen. Thank you Ms. Lee. Thank you Sister Claire. Thank you Mrs. Hildebrand. My list is a long one. There are so many teachers who brought me to where I am in my life, and except for one or two, I have no idea where they are today. I went to Catholic school More…

The NEA, Your Kids’ School and the Middle Seat

I travel a lot these days meeting with teachers and support staff and principals and parents and the press and anyone anywhere who wants to join hands and make good things happen for kids. I was on my way to Wichita to speak at a conference and the nice man in the middle seat started a nice conversation. More…

Did You Do It On Purpose?

What is the purpose we’re trying to achieve in a public school? As a Utah teacher, I can stretch a dollar until you can see through it. Our state legislature has achieved its purpose: Spend as little as possible on public schools. More…

Closing What Gaps?

I was recently honored to speak into a microphone in a Congressional hearing room and give my opinions about something called The Achievement Gap. It is a heady thing to be asked to give your opinion. Into a microphone. With people taking notes. In seven minutes. Or less. I am not a researcher. I am More…

The First Language

I suspected it in my 6th grade class when the neighborhood was beginning to change faces and change accents. I saw it when sitting next to Brian and Jason and Cindy were Alfredo and Marcos and Fabiola More…

ESP – Extraordinary Special Power

These are proud professionals. So I want to congratulate the guy with the big office and the big title, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for doing what no other Secretary of Education has done before him. On his listening tour of America’s schools where he has gathered groups of teachers and groups of school board members and groups of administrators, he insisted on a special gathering of Education Support Professionals to hear what they had to say. More…

Does Preschool Matter?

I’ve just returned from taping a panel discussion, hosted by one of my favorite reporters, Ray Suarez, for a show called Destination Casa Blanca – Destination White House. More…

Miss Lily, the Music Lady

For the past five years, I’ve been a volunteer in Miss Marilyn’s class here in DC. It’s not so much for the kids, I’ll admit. I need a kid fix or it’s hard to get through too many weeks. More…