We are at Netroots Nation!

We are at #NN14 advocating for public education with president-elect Lily Eskelsen García. If you are here stop by!…

Why Arne Duncan needs to listen to Bill and Melinda

I do not hate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I know it might seem strange to have to make that statement, but such are the times we live in.…

Bring Back Our Girls

This morning I, like the rest of the world, watched the news for some sign of progress in finding the more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped on April 14th from their dormitories at their school – a rural school where…

#ThankATeacher

Thank you, Mr. Olsen. Thank you Ms. Lee. Thank you Sister Claire. Thank you Mrs. Hildebrand. My list is a long one. There are so many teachers who brought me to where I am in my life, and except for one…

Cesar Chavez: An American Hero

“You Can’t Humiliate Someone Who Has Pride. You Can’t Oppress Someone Who’s Not Afraid Anymore.” – Cesar Chavez Local Associations are going to the movies March 28th and taking friends. Lots of friends. Because they bought out the theater, and…

The Busine$$ of Voucher$ vs. Choices that Work For Kids

Vouchers are still one of the more shameful and shakiest pillars of school reform nincompoopery.…

And the Grammy Goes to…

The first-ever Grammy Award for a Music Educator goes to Kent Knappenberger…

Nelson Mandela: Social Justice Hero. Beloved Rabble Rouser

A tribute to Nelson Mandela…

A School Worth Fighting For: Eastside Memorial High School

They wanted to shut down and privatize this struggling school in Austin, Texas. The students, the teachers and school staff, the parents, union members and the community came together and transformed their school into a great family of learning.…

Raising Wise, Loving, Whole and Happy Children: The Emotionally Healthy Child

I often use the term “Whole Child”. It’s not a cliché to me. It is practically my religion these days to consider what this reform or that shiny new thing, will mean to our blessed and whole, happy children. It…