“Brown Girl Dreaming” Poetry

While riding Megabus down to New York City I read Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming (which I describe briefly here and include a link to an interview with her). Two poems stood out to me in particular. These are the two moments in the book when I teared up. I think you can chalk…

Video: How to Raise a Black Son in America

[This is a powerful video that you should watch and share. My response to the events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, Charleston, is inadequate. This video is not a remedy to that inadequacy but so worth watching.] How to Raise a Black Son in America

Podcast: This American Life Episode 550: Three Miles

[Really hits close to home — none of our 8th graders got into independent school but several visited. How do we help them manage the distance between these schools? How do we ensure that they make it through high school and through college? What do we do to close that gap? How can we get…

T-Swift

Nothing to do with buses but too hilarious not to tell you about so please indulge me: “Ms! Ms! Come here!” called a sixth-grader across the cafeteria. Confused, I walked over to where he was sitting. “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Taylor Swift?” To which I burst out laughing. “No…no one…

Reading on the Bus: The (ongoing) list with some notes

Preface: I owe a special thanks to the excellent Boston Public Library (BPL) system for providing me with the vast majority of these books, not to mention a lovely place to sit and read, a chance to go the aquarium for free, and an exhibit on the neighborhoods of Boston that helped orient me to the…