Reaching Out, Giving Hope: Mentoring Across the Generations

August 7, 2015


A few months ago, I started seeing teachers posting anecdotes online under the title, “Evaluate This!” in response to the current practice of evaluating teachers, even those who don’t teach in tested subjects, on the standardized (English and Math) test scores of students. Teachers and students are so much more than data points, and test […]

Back to the Roots: A Tribute to Cathy Fleischer, PhD.

July 19, 2015


There is one teacher in my life who has played a tremendous role in my education, for she has been my teacher for over 20 years. When I was an undergrad in English Education at Eastern Michigan University, I had the great good fortune to have been scheduled into an English Methods class taught by […]

This Is Our Story: The Maples of A125

July 19, 2015


June 2014 It’s 12:35 on my 3rd day of summer break. I’m at school. I’m interviewing students, listening, trying to find out what kind of experiences they’ve had in my classroom, looking back at twenty years of teaching Adrian Maples. I’ve decided to start writing about it–a memoir–in parts–on a blog. I am so happy […]

Educators Against Academic Excellence?

February 25, 2020


Why would it be desirable to see a young person begin engaging in college scholarship but undesirable for a teacher to continue engaging in university-based scholarship throughout their career? 

The Students’ Right to Language

February 24, 2020


African American Vernacular English is not only a rich and sophisticated language, it is the MOST influential in shaping contemporary spoken American English.

Antiracist Language Challenge

February 21, 2020


One important aspect of antiracist work is to replace racist thought patterns, behavior, and language.

My Wish List for the U.S. in 2020

February 20, 2020


As I look ahead to the 2020 Census and POTUS Election, I am thinking about the kind of community I want to live in and that I want for the youth and the coming generations.

Local Event Re: Sensible Gun Legislation

February 19, 2020


On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns, and 75 preschoolers are shot dead each year in the United States. There are 22,000 gun suicides each year in the United States. Although mass shootings have the highest public visibility by virtue of news coverage, self-inflicted gun violence is the most common cause of […]

Talking Circle: How To Be An Antiracist

February 18, 2020


Today at 6 p.m., I will wait in the upstairs of the Adrian District Library to meet the readers who have come to talk about How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This will be my 3rd attempt to talk with others about this important book. So far, not one person, local or […]

Local Love: A3 Resident Coalition

February 14, 2020


I'll always consider the neighborhood home and want to see it thrive, so I joined the All About Adrian (A3) Resident Coalition.