School Talk

A Twitter Love Story…From A Principal to His Staff

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School Talk

Turns out Wealth (or Lack Thereof) Doesn’t Always Predict Student Learning. Imagine That.

  It turns out that contrary to popular belief, the wealth of a district doesn’t always predict student learning and the New York Times has created an interactive tool that allows us to take a look city by city. (They studied the 2,000 largest cities in the country.) Each of the gray dots below represents… Continue reading Turns out Wealth (or Lack Thereof) Doesn’t Always Predict Student Learning. Imagine That.

Mommy Mayhem

Hey Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

(This is a post I wrote at Huffington Post a while back but I always like to re-share it the morning after I’ve been to the book fair. The photos were taken yesterday so the crap is still alive and well!) It’s book fair season and that should be a good thing but for those… Continue reading Hey Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

Planet Mom Radio

Episode 04: Sanzi Flies Solo and Talks Phony Grad Rates, an Amazing Teacher, and Tom Brady

This week on Planet Mom Radio, I’m flying solo because Keri is away on a vacation with her boys—she surprised them with their first plane ride ever and a trip to Disney World! And I can’t lie, the pictures she is posting of the trip are pure joy. It is soooo not the same on… Continue reading Episode 04: Sanzi Flies Solo and Talks Phony Grad Rates, an Amazing Teacher, and Tom Brady

School Talk

Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

I had the privilege of visiting Oklahoma this past September and one of the highlights was visiting Greenwood Leadership Academy and meeting their founding principal, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar. I recently spotted a post on his Facebook page that expressed a message that really resonated with me and I asked Kojo if I could publish it as… Continue reading Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

School Talk

The Associated Press Never Complained That MY School Was Segregated. It Was 2 Percent Black.

There is something very wrong with outlets like Associated Press suddenly being concerned with what they deem to be “segregated” schools simply because parents of color are making their own choices about where to send their children to school. I guess only all-Black and all-Brown schools bother them since suburban kids have been attending all-white schools forever… Continue reading The Associated Press Never Complained That MY School Was Segregated. It Was 2 Percent Black.

School Talk

Now THAT Would Be Crazy…and so Unfair!

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School Talk

How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

By Tracy Dell’Angella “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” “Are you fighting, or are you playing?” I had to ask the 7th grader this question three times before he stopped pushing his classmate, looked at me, and answered me with a smirk: “I’m playing.” Whatever was happening,… Continue reading How do we find middle ground on the school discipline debate? Ask the students

Planet Mom Radio

Episode 3 (From Chicago): 2 Moms from Nashville and Detroit on Why They Do This Work

We quite literally took the show on the road in this episode. A few months ago, Keri and I traveled to Chicago and we brought our recording equipment with us so that we could capture our conversations with the awesome folks we would be seeing during our time out there. After some quick banter during… Continue reading Episode 3 (From Chicago): 2 Moms from Nashville and Detroit on Why They Do This Work

School Talk

Due Process For My Side But Not For Yours

In keeping with America’s new love affair with tribalism, Nancy Pelosi stood up for her colleague, Michigan Representative John Conyers, and extolled the virtues of due process during an appearance this weekend on Meet The Press.  While under normal circumstances, we could all agree with Pelosi’s sentiments about the accused deserving due process, there is… Continue reading Due Process For My Side But Not For Yours