Working with Parents: Middle School Family Engagement

As a new  middle school teacher of special needs students, it was important  to be mindful of the environment that surrounded my public school students. In order to effectively engage my students, I had to develop a relationship with them. It was critical that I knew where these students came from, who they were, and understand […]

What to Avoid Saying to Your Aging Parents

There will come a time in our lives when our memory begins to fail, our eyesight won’t be as keen as it once was, our agility decreases, and trust me, it won’t be pretty. It won’t be pleasant either, and the very last thing we need is for it to be pointed out to us. […]

What do the lonely do at Christmas?

If you are old enough to remember the group, The Emotions, then you also know that the title of this post was the title of a song performed by them. I loved this group of women singers, grew up with their songs playing on the radio, and when feeling nostalgic, I find their music online […]

Martin and Malcolm, Cornel and Ta-Nehisi: Common Threads

  Every generation has great minds, profound thinkers in our society. Well, in this, the 21st Century, among the great minds within the African-American community, I think of two in particular. They are Cornel West and Ta’Nehisi Coates. Mr. Coates comes to us as an accomplished author, journalist and philosophical historian. Dr. West is a […]