Happy Holidays, Kass!

Happy Holidays, Kass!

December 24, 2012  |  Family  |  No Comments

So there’s this little Brooklyn woman that I love. She’s all awesome and stuff. The kids she teaches, the friends we share, the daughter we have, me — all of us are lucky to know her. In this season of thanks, I am infinitely thankful that she’s my one.

We’re taking a few days off the blog to celebrate the season, but we’ll be right back to business after we eat all these holiday cookies. Have fun with the folks that you love. I’m certainly having fun with mine.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

December 23, 2012  |  Culture  |  No Comments

This week’s #hiphoped conversation has really stuck with me. The discussion of Chief Keef’s music aural filth caused us to realize something significant. We are in danger of failing this generation in some profound ways. The youth have always had something to say. Historically, the resulting question, then, has been “Are we listening?” In the case of this generation, the query that pains me is “Do we even know how to listen anymore?”

I’m officially an old man.

I can hear the insatiable anger in Keef’s music. I even understand why it’s there. We’ve coming off of one of the bloodiest summers on record in his hometown, Chicago – black and brown kids murdered by their peers at a rate that would make the klan jealous. Many of the schools there are more segregated today than they were when The Supreme Court issued the order to integrate in 1954… Read More

Common Core Standards

December 23, 2012  |  Teaching  |  No Comments

New York State has taken the Common Core standards quite seriously. I, personally, love the challenge and heightened expectations associated with a national set of standards, but what I admire most about this recent conversation about college/career readiness is the implications to finally realize the promise of Brown vs. BOE.

For the past two years, people all over the country have scrambled for resources to make authentic reading, writing, and critical thinking a reality in every classroom. I’m honored to work with a team of educators who have been studying this work in communities in almost every state. Here is a collection of videos that were made to showcase what some teachers have been doing in their classrooms to meet this challenge. There are brilliant ideas here that you can use in your own work. Warmest of holidays. We’ve got work to do…