Here’s What I Learned From Teaching Beyond The Textbooks!

I taught Social Studies in middle school for one year, and in that year, I learned at least one very valuable lesson. It isn’t what I learned from the text books, because that year, I was given no textbooks from which to teach. It’s what I learned about and from the students themselves. My public […]

Do You Know How to Teach Black History?

Teaching outside of that box is to reach for content and contexts not found in the traditional texts. This also falls outside of the scope of the curriculum. However, to do so adds much more relevance to the learners, fuels their curiosity and affirms their culture-who they are. In the traditional textbooks, diversity is MLK […]

How Will We Design A New Curriculum?

When we only teach black history in the month of February each school year, we are teaching children to believe that blacks and their history are important only during that one month.  We also blame students for not possessing knowledge in areas never introduced or taught with any degree of relevance. Students should not be […]

From Age 3-35: Here’s How We Facilitate Student Achievement and Positive Outcomes

A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics on the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program[CPC] finds program participants were more likely to earn post-secondary degrees than their counterparts who were not enrolled. The study is the first to examine a large scale PreK-3rd grade intervention and its effects on educational attainment through midlife. The Chicago CPC program is an early […]