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Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent of a Child at This School

(This is a guest post from my pal and colleague Erika Sanzi. It was originally posted on Erika’s blog, Good School Hunting.) I write from a place of privilege today.  I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of the fatal school stabbing was named Matthew. I have… Continue reading Before You Shoot the Messenger, Imagine Being a Parent of a Child at This School

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What’s On Your Book Shelf?: The Importance of Diversity in Classroom Libraries

I was allotted some funds for the purpose of further developing my classroom library. Books are my happy place so I was overjoyed! I set out on the task with the express purpose of not only getting books that met the varying reading levels of my students, but also books that represented the cultures of… Continue reading What’s On Your Book Shelf?: The Importance of Diversity in Classroom Libraries

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YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS TEACHING CHILDREN!!!!

I don’t know why but I find myself monitoring and questioning my voice a lot these days –too much, I think. I’m so cautious about not being pigeonholed as another “Angry Black Woman,” but I can’t worry about all of that political correctness because the truth is that there is nothing correct about what’s going… Continue reading YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS TEACHING CHILDREN!!!!

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I Surround Myself with Like-Minded Teachers But the Hate is Leaking In

It is my fault. I didn’t know it at the time, but it is. I surrounded myself with like-minded, passionate, educators. I would work with them on projects that would provide other teachers with tools to support ALL students. We believed that all children deserve access to a high quality, challenging, engaging, education which will… Continue reading I Surround Myself with Like-Minded Teachers But the Hate is Leaking In