TEACHER TALK

Inclusion Comes Home

Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward to finding a new home for my writing. “Come give me a hug!” Zaveah commands when Justin enters the classroom. She has, at only four years old, the authority […]

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Get Involved

I’m dedicating this VEA piece to the parents of  the Lower NW DC Education Collective – for their efforts to improve the quality of education in public school, and speaking up for those who haven’t found their advocacy voice yet. What Luke Didn’t Tell Me Luke greeted me almost daily, wherever and whenever he spotted […]

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Serve and Protect?

Here’s an excerpt from my latest column for the Virginia Journal of Education. Serve and Protect? Just before the dismissal bell rang, there was an announcement. “All resource teachers and specialists please report to the lobby. Immediately.” We went dutifully: the reading resource teachers, the ESOL teachers, the art, music, and gym teachers who had […]

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The Truth

My column from the April issue of the Virginia Journal of Education- To Tell The Truth Is a little fibbing really that bad?     

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The Wanderer

(from the February issue of the Virginia Journal of Education) What happened to Andrew? one of the girls asked. I had lost track of time, and the bell was about to ring.  “Andrew is missing,” I told the office. Missing? Lost? I wasn’t sure how to word it. It wasn’t that much of a shock, […]

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Silent

In the November issue of the Virginia Journal of Education – my story about Joonbum, the student who never spoke. Read it here.    

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Narratives from the Classroom

My latest piece for the Virginia Journal of Education is out. It’s a small dent in a larger conversation. You can read it here: Demographics Change; So Must We

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Narratives from the Classroom

My latest article for for the Virginia Journal of Education is out. Pass it along to a teacher in your life! HANDLE WITH CARE

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Letter to the Editor

The following letter appeared in the New York Times Sunday Dialogue: How to Rate Teachers. My response follows. Oh pshaw, here we go again, another educator decrying objective student testing in favor of subjective “evaluations” by school leaders and peers. And then these educators lament the imprecise and subjective nature of the evaluations. The only […]

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Pay Me Later

I recently brought my winter boots to the shoe shop in my neighborhood. They wouldn’t clean them for me, but suggested I purchase a suede cleaner. I turned the bottle over to read the fine print. Every material but suede seemed to be listed. I questioned the owner. He looked at me with pity, turned […]

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