The Myth of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The next time you are inclined to seek scapegoats, stupid slogans, and simplistic "solutions" for complex educational issues, please keep this fact in mind: Schools and teachers, both individually and collectively, are not the problem. Now, I may be preaching to the choir on a blog dedicated to educators and parents, but sometimes we too … Continue reading The Myth of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Parents Deserve Professional Development, Too!

If we truly believe that parents and teachers must be allies in education and partners in the nurturing of the whole child, then we must consistently explore ways to not only engage parents with the school community but to actively involve them in the process of meeting the essential needs of every student. If we think of … Continue reading Parents Deserve Professional Development, Too!

Enduring the Educational Pendulum: Education Week guest article

After twenty-four years in the classroom, teaching gets tougher for me with every sweeping swing of the educational pendulum. Like clockwork, a “new” strategy or solution is inevitably espoused, everyone eagerly (or forcibly) jumps on the bandwagon, and the poor baby is again thrown out with the bathwater. Occasionally, these shifts are truly progressive and … Continue reading Enduring the Educational Pendulum: Education Week guest article

A Teacher’s Response to the Trump Election

After nearly a quarter century of educating three generations of public school children, the majority of my former eighth grade students are now of voting age. I therefore take the election of Donald Trump and what he represents very personally. Frankly, I had thought that I, as well as my colleagues across the country, had … Continue reading A Teacher’s Response to the Trump Election

Handling the Toughest Teaching Moments: BAM Radio interview

Check out this short (only eight minutes!) Q&A facilitated by Larry Ferlazzo from Education Week. Two other educators and I discuss how we deal with the toughest parts of teaching: BAM Radio 3/23/17. You can also read my EdWeek article on this subject.

How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a second time on The Teacher’s Lounge radio show podcast to talk about my book for teachers, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator, and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up. (See below for a discount code directly through the publisher.) Where the first interview focused on positive classroom management (being firm) and … Continue reading How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

A Culture of Partnerships: Guest post by Arina Bokas

The entire education community must take a close look at the trends of the Post-Digital Era through the prism of how systems of education can meet the needs of our times. A different canvas for learning is necessary to align education to these needs, which is impossible without a broad-scale change. Why Change is Difficult … Continue reading A Culture of Partnerships: Guest post by Arina Bokas

Why I Left the School I Loved

After twenty-one years teaching English at a public middle school in South Los Angeles, my eventual choice to change schools was an agonizing decision in a career that had more than its fair share of dilemmas and disasters. With utterly no training, I had begun my career at this chronically under-performing school as an “emergency” … Continue reading Why I Left the School I Loved