Microchips, Surveillance & School Uniforms

Peace Family: I’m up late reading a book about high-stakes testing in education (1st ed., p. 81) and I come across some interesting information: Microchips placed in students’ school uniforms.  After I read this, I immediately googled ‘microchips in student uniforms’ and interestingly enough, a few hits popped up. Now from what’s being reported on…

Do we still need to teach vocabulary in schools?

I just want to drop a brief note and reflection about a teachable moment I created earlier today.  I was at the Cambria Heights Library in Queens today and as I was checking out my book, I overheard two young girls excitedly talking to a librarian and they were asking him to quiz them on…

Financial Empowerment with Black Youth

Peace family, PEACE! I’m writing this blog today from a different perspective than what I usually take.  And in doing this, I want to bring your attention to the question of: How can Black youth learn the skills, strategies, and education they need in order to be financially literate and financially empowered? Now, I’m not…

Self-Care and Wellness in Urban Schools (Part 1)

Hi Everyone, Today, I want to offer a reflection on a matter that I think is very important and this is the topic of health, self-care, and wellness in urban classrooms.  Now, let me first say, that this post will be part of a series in this blog because it is one that deserves serious…

Zero Tolerance, Classroom Management, Race, & the Discipline Gap

Peace Family, For this blog post, I want to discuss my thoughts on school discipline and classroom management within racial, schooling contexts. Today in a course that I teach, I showed my students Ava Duvernay’s documentary, 13th, in class.  This is a powerful film–one that analyzes mass incarceration in the U.S. within a socio-political context of…

Importance of Health, Wellness, & Food Justice in Urban Schools

Peace Family: I’ve been wanting to write this blog for awhile now, but I went to an event yesterday that really inspired me, so here I am with this blog post. First, I want to say–there needs to be a total paradigm shift & re-evolution in terms of how schools, parents, and families are approaching…

NAME Conference 2017

Hi Everyone, This week, I went to the annual National Association of Multicultural Education Conference (NAME) in Salt Lake City, Utah and I must say that it was a very timely and necessary conference meeting that happened. First, I want to say that I really enjoyed myself at this conference! It was great listening to…