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The Trump Hurricane: A Harlem Mom Reflects on Her Community’s Loss

At 3:09 AM on the morning of November 9th I woke up to take a bathroom break. Outside my open bathroom window there was dead silence, the kind of silence you do not hear in my Harlem neighborhood. I knew then that Donald J. Trump was our newly-elected president of the United States.  I am in complete… Continue reading The Trump Hurricane: A Harlem Mom Reflects on Her Community’s Loss

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NYC Schools, Says Chancellor Fariña, Are “Not Welcoming ESL Students”: How to Tame the “Wild West?”

At a town hall meeting in Dyker Heights two weeks ago, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña “expressed dismay,” according to the Bensonhurst Bean, that some traditional district schools are “not welcoming ESL students and instead telling them to go to another school.” It’s gratifying to hear the Chancellor approach this issue with honesty and compassion. So… Continue reading NYC Schools, Says Chancellor Fariña, Are “Not Welcoming ESL Students”: How to Tame the “Wild West?”

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Learning With My Son At A NYC Charter School with Zest, Grit, and Determination

Here I am again, tip-tapping away in a corridor of KIPP Infinity Elementary Charter School (KIES) in Harlem, throwing up peace signs and greetings to students and staff alike. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and, to tell you the truth, I’ve missed it. Let’s go back to the beginning, my first blog,… Continue reading Learning With My Son At A NYC Charter School with Zest, Grit, and Determination

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I Just Saw “Birth of a Nation” and Realized We Are Still Fighting to Be Free

Here I am again in the corner of a hallway at KIPP Infinity Charter School in Harlem, tip-tapping away. As I look into the eyes of the children passing by, throwing up the peace sign to me and each other, I get flushed because their innocence is being passed over by forces that threaten us.… Continue reading I Just Saw “Birth of a Nation” and Realized We Are Still Fighting to Be Free