For the First-Year Teachers

[Disclaimer: If you are not a first-year teacher, please pass this along to a first-year teacher that you know. However, there are some gems that you can utilize also.]   As a first-year teacher, there’s so many things you must learn in order to do your job well. When you agree to teach at a … More For the First-Year Teachers

When To Get Out

Sometimes, you just get a gut feeling on if you need to leave an organization. Too often we (teachers) attempt to convince ourselves that we should remain within an organization that we really should leave. You may have accepted an offer from an organization for the wrong reason(s); your experience within an organization may have … More When To Get Out

A Village of Support for Teachers of Color

Being a teacher of color is a gift and a curse. In addition to empowering young people, involved in your work each day is proving your worth to your White counterparts while simultaneously attempting to not get burned out by the students who depend on you as parent/older sibling/counselor/mentor/advocate. Many days are rewarding ones. The … More A Village of Support for Teachers of Color

Abandon The Textbook

Since the days of the Obama administration, there has been a heavy focus on providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to students of color. STEM education is important and the desire the increase the number of people of color, and women, in STEM fields is an admirable one. These areas are very important … More Abandon The Textbook

They See Color… Even When You Don’t

Years ago, I gave a professional development at a school where I was teaching. It was on cultural competency and cultural responsiveness and I was presenting to elementary school teachers. I remember a kindergarten teacher who made a comment that she didn’t believe her students saw color. She said something about her students never brought … More They See Color… Even When You Don’t