If The Black Lives Matter Movement Would Just Be Convenient

If the Black Lives Matter movement would just be convenient and not disruptive, we wouldn’t be in this turmoil. I believe it was Frederick Douglass who said that "without a struggle, there can be no progress." I'm seeing so many people ask for convenience in the struggle. ...more

Students and Race and Doing Better Than I Have Been

She was a teacher from Chicago and I never caught her name but that doesn't matter. Her group had come for a tour and I was chosen by my district to give them a tour of our Title 1 schools. Nothing about her demeanor was malicious or unkind ....more

An Unorthodox Bridal Party

I'm an older bride, I know. Everything about planning this wedding reminds me of that. The first time I tried on dresses I told the sweet young thing helping me out, "Please do not show me any dresses that make me look like a princess or a cupcake ....more

Real World Money Lessons

This is a sponsored post with a program through H&R Block. All opinions are mine. Without fail, I will describe my style of educating as Real World ....more

Where to Find Me: Writing Elsewhere

Today, I'm over at TueNight whose tagline, Somehow, we're grownups, always leaves me laughing. It's a piece on the topic of Freedom. My piece, "Like Crickets to Fireworks: Blogging About Race", follows my journey as a writer since 2005 ....more

Institutional Racism in the Church

This is different for me, but I'm going to begin with other people's words who, this past week, have had some important things to say. These are a just a few messages I read this week from white, well-known Christians (all women) who seem to understand the role of the church in response to racism....more

Let's Get To The Work of Anti Racism

We haven't, historically, wanted to call this work what it was when it comes to racism in America. That is simply fact if we take into account our collective work. Today, of course, is one of those days when it's smack in our faces in a way we cannot ignore no matter how much ignorance accompanies that ....more

Here's What I Told My Kids

This isn't a post about my own children yet that doesn't negate the fact that, yes, this is what I've told them as well. It's what happens when your momma is prone to giving extemporaneous speeches and advice to her students. She practices on her own children first ....more

Virtual Field Trip: The Coral Reefs of Palau

*This is a sponsored through a partnership with WeAreTeachers and NatureWorksEverywhere.org, two organizations that I fully and professionally support....more

A Culture of Poor Baltimore

I tend towards not writing about places that aren't known to me and Baltimore fits that on multiple levels. I've never visited there, never had any conference to attend there, nor do I know its history very well. It must be like every other place with its eccentricities...more