Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

There are a couple videos circulating right now of teachers greetings their students as they come in the door. One is of a Black male teacher, Barry White, in Charlotte, North Carolina greeting his nearly exclusively Black students. The other is of a white female teacher, Jerusha Willenborg in Wichita, Kansas doing the same with… Continue reading Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

I was visiting with my parents the other day and checked Facebook on my phone. My mom commented that the world sure had changed since she was a kid. I thought about that for a while. Even since I was a kid the everyday experiences of young people is drastically different. I remember trying to… Continue reading The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

#AnimateMPS

I was recently chosen for a fellowship dedicated to elevating the School Board race in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all and building education in our city. Here is an excerpt from my first writing where I talk more about what the fellowship means to me. I believe in education. Truly, I… Continue reading #AnimateMPS

My Students are Extraordinary: and, sadly, they have to be.

I’m just finishing my 8th year as a classroom teacher. I have worked at a number of schools, with a number of different philosophies and a number of different lenses through which students and families were viewed. These have ranged from simply encouraging students to show up so that the school could collect funding to… Continue reading My Students are Extraordinary: and, sadly, they have to be.

Trenches and Tenure: a teachers view on ed reform

I did my student teaching at a Minneapolis Public School. I taught a freshman class and two sophomore classes. You could walk in the school and see the multiple shades of brown that make up the student body in inner-city public schools. When you walked down the hall you would hear the typical teenage conversations,… Continue reading Trenches and Tenure: a teachers view on ed reform

Arrested For Disrupting School: Is your school Spring Valley High?

Wanting to stay in class can apparently get you arrested. After it gets you brutalized by a grown ass man. Arrested for disrupting school is apparently a thing. This is what our education system is. This is what schools feel like. Like most people, when I saw the video I was in shock. It is… Continue reading Arrested For Disrupting School: Is your school Spring Valley High?

Uncommon Schools With All Too Common Solutions: how the emphasis on effective teaching undermines justice

I was walking down the hallway during study hall. I shouldn’t have been in the hallways but it was 8th period and I was a senior. In other words, I didn’t give a shit. When I turned the corner I ran into my Street Law teacher. I don’t remember every detail of the conversation, but… Continue reading Uncommon Schools With All Too Common Solutions: how the emphasis on effective teaching undermines justice