Measuring Grit and Children of Color [New York Times]

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I was recently invited to write for the New York Times about grading for grit and other socio-emotional elements. I articulated what I felt most of you all feel about it: More important, we miss the point about what resilience and enthusiasm means. For many of our most disadvantaged students, …


Short Notes: Share and Share Alike

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I’m bringing back Short Notes Sundays. I get to read a lot of good stuff around the web. Here’s a few that have gotten my brain working: Stacia L. Brown posits that the personal writing economy is the worst for Black women. It’s worth a reader for all writers, and …

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Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

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A few notes: Edutopia highlights five, count em, FIVE books I think you should read. Just go. Read em if you haven’t already. [Edutopia] When discussing the path of citizenship, this is what really matters. Five fifths human. [Los Angeles Times] The New York Times editorial board thinks there should …

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children

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A few notes: Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave …


Educators, You Might Be A Good, Racist Person Too

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has a message for good, honest folk. Read: But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. The promise of America is that those who play by the rules, who …

Short Notes: Hip-Hop Didn’t Fail America

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Before I proceed, dozens of people from various school districts have told me that my site is blocked on their school computers. In the event that it is, you can always get my articles via e-mail by signing up on the right-hand side of this blog or by subscribing via …

Short Notes: Inspire The Next, Recognize The Present

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A few notes: Relando Thompkins interviews a few of us for his People Who Inspire Me series. Read our dialogue. [Relando Thompkins] Facing History wants you to nominate teachers who’ve inspired you to speak out against injustice. More details here. [GOOD Magazine] NYC Educator demonstrates the value of a New …