August 19, 2017

A Few Questions: Charlottesville, Racism, and Action

As an UVa Alum and racial justice advocate, the events that unfolded in Charlottesville and exposed the state of our union have pierced a nerve. It […]
January 29, 2017

Truth Telling Takes Practice

More white people sitting around saying all of the right things. I work with that type. They’re well-meaningish… Warm-Up: Do the people who advocate for cultural […]
November 12, 2016

Black & White Lash and the Power of the Black Teacher

It does no good to tell somebody what to think. It does little more to try to coerce them into adopting your view. Yet, connecting truth […]
October 10, 2016

Movement Art: Birth of a Nation

“Let’s talk about how do we reconcile our love for Christ with the religion used to justify the most horrific form of slavery this world has […]
October 3, 2016

The Color of Trauma

Be clear, trauma is not merely a buzz word for liberals to throw around to excuse accountability nor a thinly veiled slur for conservatives to justify […]
September 25, 2016

5 Thoughts on TeacherBae; And Some Questions Too

  “When you look good, you feel good. Teaching is hard, damn hard. You have all kinds of students to serve, planning, family contact, state assessments, […]
September 18, 2016

Seven Reasons to Subscribe to Black Teacher Chronicles

1) This is a Black Space This is a space where Black teachers can be our full, authentic selves. By authentic I mean multidimensional. Black Teacher […]
September 12, 2016

Are We Teaching Black Disadvantage?

To be Black is to be on point; we can’t afford any mistakes; we have to dull our movements and speech to not be mistaken as […]
September 5, 2016
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7 Ways to Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

“Public schools therefore are serving their purpose well in that they prepare students to fulfill their predestined roles in society. So if you’re serious about this […]
August 27, 2016

A Lesson in Black

Guiding Question: Have you ever felt unsafe because of your race? Thank you for commenting below to share your experience. “Here we were, Black and free, […]
August 22, 2016

Salute to Summer

“I stepped out of the office and stepped back fully into the splendor of summer. I perched in window sills, took long slow walks, sat beside […]
July 31, 2016

When Not to Teach? My CONFESSION

“I write this now as my personal life is in turmoil, as what I have prayed and toiled for the most is collapsing, and my annoying […]
July 24, 2016

Black Male Achievement: Teaching through Trauma

Tomika Brown is a college friend and a wonderful educator. Over ten years after graduation, her humor stuck with me so much that I reached out […]
July 17, 2016

My Teacher Taught me that Students Do Not Fail

Guiding Question: What is the most important lesson for every educator to embrace?Please comment below to share your response. My Teacher Taught me that Students Do […]
July 8, 2016

Black Teacher Matters

Guiding Question: What are the priorities of Black teachers? How do they differ from those of white teachers? Please comment below the blog with your response. […]
July 3, 2016

Urban Education Programs: Show Me the Money

Warm-Up Question: How much should education consultants and administrators be paid? Comment below this blog with your answer. = “Cash rules everything around me, cream get […]
June 19, 2016

My Code of Conduct Timeline/Testimony

On Thursday, the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education unanimously passed a new code of conduct, a progressive step towards establishing a more positive culture […]
June 12, 2016

The Fight: Urban Education Reform

Warm-Up Question: What keeps you going when you want to give up? Comment below this blog with your answer. In last week’s blog, I mentioned a […]
June 5, 2016

The formula for Teaching Urban Students: Love, love, and more LOVE.

Warm-Up Question: Is it appropriate for teachers to say, “I love you” to students? Comment below this blog with your answer. Early in my teaching career, […]
May 29, 2016

My Most Regretful Moment in the Classroom

“They had caught me. And them. They smugly went around to the students and tossed the hoodies in the trash.” Warm-Up Question: Should teachers enforce a […]
May 22, 2016

Top Down: The Creation of School Policies

Warm-Up Question: How are new school policies created? Do you agree with the process? Comment below this blog with your answers. School systems are complex organizations, […]
May 13, 2016

Black teachers for Black students: Authentic Mentors

Warm-Up Question: What exactly do Black students learn from Black teachers? Comment below this blog with your answer. I’m a teacher at heart. I love to […]
April 3, 2016

Urban Education Research: School-to-Prison-Pipeline

Warm-Up Question: What’s the most impactful urban education research released in the past year? Comment below this blog with your answer. The worst a school is, the […]
April 1, 2016

Urban Education Reform: Perfect Storm

Warm-Up Question: Who is the most valuable stakeholder in urban education reform? Comment below this blog with your answer. The right people must be in key […]
March 19, 2016

Black Teachers Needed: My Way

Warm-Up Question: Is it important for Black students to have Black teachers? Comment below the blog with your answer. So I’m literally humming Usher’s “My Way” […]
February 12, 2016

Teaching Urban Students: My Agenda

Warm-Up Question: What’s the most important thing for every urban student to know? Comment below this blog with your answer. Teaching urban students, Black students, is […]