My classroom is a dance floor: A lesson on student leadership, dedication, and taking chances.

Before the first meeting of the UMOJA-Step Team began, the team captain arrived at my classroom early and immediately pushed back all of my desks and chairs. I grew nervous. What the heck did I agree to do? Last spring a student asked me to consider advising the UMOJA-Step Team at the high school where... Continue Reading →

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The Unequal United States — Which State is the best to teach in?

Divide and conquer. This piece was originally published in the Bad Ass Teachers Association Blog. In one of the Facebook groups that I follow, a member posed this question: “Just out of curiosity: what’s the best state to teach in, and why?” A flurry of comments came in — 347 comments were generated from that... Continue Reading →

Finish this: “Public Education is…”

“Public Education is DEMOCRACY!” That is how I finished the prompt on the March for Public Education's Facebook Group query. (Please join this group of over 13,000 people by clicking the underlined link.) Yes, all caps are needed. Yes, it warrants an exclamation point. Yes, public education is not just a part of the American... Continue Reading →

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