Social Justice

We Must Fight


I attended a vigil on Sunday night to honor. A vigil marred by two tragedies – the hatred and violence occurring in Charlottesville, and a triple shooting that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old young man in Cumberland County. The turnout, the raw passion of the stories shared, and our community response on that […]

She Ran Away


We didn’t do anything. She transferred here from a different school. I don’t know why. She was mostly quiet, but it was not difficult to get a smile out of her. She said she wasn’t good in science, but was killing it in chemistry, perhaps the hardest science of all. I’d like to think that […]

Get Up, Stand up!


There I was, standing in theGettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center staring in awe at the Gettysburg Cycloramapainting while listening to the story of Pickett’s Charge with my students. Hearing the story of the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, with more than 51,000 casualties, immediately made my head spin. Events of thismagnitudeare hard for […]

I Choose Love!


I have experienced so many emotions since learning that 25.5% of this country voted to elect Donald Trump as the next president of our country. Mad, angry, shocked, frustrated, betrayed, scared, and worried are just a few of the feelings that have flooded me. As an educator and a student of human emotion, I understand […]

Breaking the Silence…


Last week, I wrote apiece about some looksthat my students receivedon a field trip. It was an eye-opening experience for me that demanded immediate attention and reflection. I shared the piece with my learning network and over all of my social media sites, but how could it end there?How could I create change in the […]

A Toy Truck…


If you have not heardabout the shooting of Charles Kinsey while he was working with a23-year-old autistic patient who was playing with a toy truck,read and watch the videobefore you proceed with this. Caught up? Okay good, let’s talk. My friendJon Harperwrote apiecerecently challenging us to discuss the uncomfortable and begin to have meaningful dialogue […]

I Love “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Here’s Why I’d Rather Not Teach It

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is a foundational text in the American canon that attempts to deal with the complex issues of race and discrimination in the United States. Set in the Great Depression, this novel takes us to Maycomb, a fictional Alabama town where community members are wary of […]

How Do You Spell Sexual Harassment?


Miracles happen in schools every day. Minds are expanded. Passions are discovered. Imaginations are ignighted. Children learn and civilization advances. But sometimes what happens at school is not inspirational. Sometimes students are unbelievably cruel to one another. I don’t teach at a school, but I hear things from the kids who write to me. The […]

Doctoral Research – Student voice matters!


“I think the purpose of life is, above all, to matter; to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all”” – Leo Rosten A friend and co-worker successfully defended her doctoral research last week and her earning the title of Doctor of Education prompted me to go back […]