How to Approach Walkthroughs

Whew, its been a while since I’ve spoken here… let me dust off the cobwebs and see if I remember how to do this… This year, I was “elected” to be the department chair of the humanities; English, Social Studies, the Arts and Foreign Language departments. It sounds prestigious on paper. But it’s just more … More How to Approach Walkthroughs

Straight Talk About Parent Engagement

Teachers and administrators alike desire to increase the number of engaged parents it has within its school. When I taught, teachers frequently lamented that not enough parents would show up for parent-teacher conferences; administrators did also. I also heard educators lament that parents weren’t regularly involved in the school community; that the only time parents … More Straight Talk About Parent Engagement

Doing Data Mindfully

Many educators, particularly school leaders love to use data to inform teacher instruction. The data movement is a popular one; particularly in the age of school reform. Decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment tend to be shaped and determined by data. Well, what is the data? Generally, the data consist of student test scores from … More Doing Data Mindfully

What To Know About The Black Teacher In Your Building

Months ago, the Education Trust released a report titled Through Our Eyes which detailed the experiences and feelings of Black teachers in American public schools. The revelations that Black teachers made in the report echoes many of the thoughts and feelings that I experienced while in the classroom. Most of my Black colleagues shared similar … More What To Know About The Black Teacher In Your Building

HBCUs: At The Educational Forefront

With the changing demographics of America’s student population, the teaching demographic in America’s schools must change with it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, non-White teachers represent only 19% of the teaching workforce; Blacks make up 6.8% and Latinos only 7.8%. There is scholarship that articulates the critical need for more teachers of color … More HBCUs: At The Educational Forefront

Teacher Effectiveness In High Poverty NJ Schools

There is little doubt that teachers can have a major impact on the academic achievement of students. There is research that can back up that assertion. Such research has led school reformers and policymakers to conclude that what high-poverty schools need are more effective teachers. However, the various challenges of high-poverty schools, challenges that are … More Teacher Effectiveness In High Poverty NJ Schools