Here’s Where We “Raise the Bar” in America’s Public Schools

Today’s youngest learners are digital natives and practically ‘hard-wired’ to acquire knowledge through technology-infused learning. With an increasing need for meaningful connections between digital natives, the framework of teaching and learning in educational settings is at a crossroads. The basic structure and standardization of curricula can’t become any less engaging, exciting, or less relevant, according […]

How Can Teachers Begin to Connect with Students and Their Families?

In my first year teaching public school, I taught middle school as a Special Education teacher at an ‘urban’ school. By urban, of course that means a school with predominantly black and brown children, many of whom may live at or near poverty. Before I focus on the real subject, I just am curious about […]

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 […]

How Black History Month Can Change Teaching Forever

It is February, National Black History Month, and public schools across the nation are supposed to dedicate a portion of instructional time to teach students about the unique African-American experience  through the lens of “A People’s History” in this country. More important is American political ideology and practices impact upon the black experience and the countless UNKNOWN  contributions to society. An […]