Article: What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School

[Recently resurfaced in my news feed and really resonated. Captures the highs and lows, from struggling to figure out how to teach all the kids (especially since my class has students at dramatically different levels of English proficiency this year) to frustrations over passing students who should be failing to, most importantly, feeling like I…

Video: Middle School Moment

[This originally came out in 2012 but it is particularly salient as I begin to embark on a second year of guiding 8th graders through the high school application process. My school seems to be pretty on top of flagging these issues and following up, but I wonder about the students who want to leap…

Article: Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider

[Though this is hardly news, the statistics are sobering. I’m not sure how to fix these issues. Clearly, teaching is insufficient — we need a living wage, improved teacher pipelines, incentives for teaching in poor districts, and a clearer national emphasis on reducing this gap. “Poorer, less educated parents simply can’t keep up with the…

Back to School Bar-B-Q

Last Wednesday we had a back to school bar-b-q in the schoolyard. It was blisteringly hot out, but the littlest kids didn’t seem to notice. They were running around, channelling beginning-of-school nerves into boisterous energy. As adults, we huddled in the limited patches of shade, fanning ourselves, and wishing for the AC just inside the door….