Indy K12 – 2019

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January 2017, I began writing for Indy K12 (formerly called Indy/Ed), an education publication that is part of the Citizen Education network.  I am humbled to be part of a network of educators and parents who are advocates for the least of these in the world of education. Below, you can read my 2019 Indy K12 articles.

To read my work from other years, click on the year: 2020, 2018, & 2017.

Don’t forget to check out my viral piece, “Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools” which has been viewed over 1,000,000 times.

12/30/2019Indy K12’s Top Ten of the Decade
12/27/2019Pressing on Through Winter Break Blues
12/26/2019Indy K12’s 2019 Top Ten
12/23/2019Educator Self-Care During Winter Break
12/19/2019My Administrator Christmas List
12/16/2019Teacher Mentors Matter
12/15/20193 Tips to Finish Strong as Winter Break Approaches
12/6/2019Education is a Regretted College Major
12/4/2019Consider Your Students Before You Put up a Classroom Christmas Tree
11/30/2019We Shouldn’t Need Laws to Stop the Policing of Black People’s Hair
11/30/2019Teacher and Students Request McGraw-Hill Change Its Textbook
11/29/2019Indiana Association of School Principals Awards 2019 are #SoWhite
11/28/20193 Ways to Show Your Child’s Teacher Gratitude
11/24/2019Teacher Confessions: A Student Threatened to Kill Me and was in My Class the Next Day
11/20/2019Teachers Can Fight for Higher Pay without Attacking Charters and Canceling School
11/17/2019Teacher Confessions: I Love and I Hate Red for Ed
11/11/2019Veterans Day: Enlistment Should be Promoted as a Viable Post-Secondary Option
11/10/2019We are Still Here: The Importance of Native American Heritage Month
11/3/2019Teacher, Do You See Me?
10/30/2019If You Implement What Black Teachers Want, They Will Stay
10/28/2019Be Mindful about Halloween Celebrations at School
10/24/2019Why Teachers Need to Check Job Boards Even When They Aren’t Looking for a Job
10/22/2019Teacher Confessions: I’ve Never Followed Any Curriculum with Fidelity
10/21/2019Using Chosen Names and Pronouns for Students is Important
10/20/2019Parents Need to Observe Their Children at School
10/14/2019Taking Back the Narrative: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
10/10/2019The Stigma of Mental Health in the Black Community & the Increase in Black Children Suicide
10/5/2019World Teachers’ Day 2019
10/3/2019Finding the Truth Behind a Student’s Lie
9/26/2019Parents, Are Your Prepared for School Conference Time?
9/25/2019When Your Child Becomes a Victim of Bullying
9/22/2019Indiana College Go! Week
9/21/2019Why is Black Hair Still Being Policed?
9/15/2019When Teachers Traumatize Students at School
9/13/2019Teachers Need to Keep High Expectations Even When There’s a Full Moon
9/11/20199/11: Tackling Tough Topics in the Classroom
9/8/2019Grandparent Support is Needed in Education
9/5/2019No Matter the Assessment, Indiana Schools Struggle to Close the Achievement Gap
9/3/2019Give Students the Freedom to Choose What They Read
8/31/2019How School Gardening Can Benefit Children Outside of the Classroom
8/29/2019Parents, Here’s How You Can Help with Homework
8/26/2019Parents, Stop Complaining about Community Classroom Supplies
8/23/2019Are We Maximizing Every Minute for Instruction Minute at the Expense of Building Strong Student Relationships?
8/20/2019Indiana Teacher Compensation Commission: “We are tired of telling you how to fix teacher pay.”
8/17/2019Using Toni Morrison’s Picture Books in the Classroom
8/12/2019Frontloading Vocabulary is a Key to Reading Comprehension
8/11/2019Hard to Staff Schools and TFA Tears
8/10/2019Who is Really in the Teaching Trenches?
8/3/2019School Leaders Need to get Comfortable with being Uncomfortable
7/26/2019A Final Ask: Please Acknowledge the Indianapolis Teachers Society
7/23/2019Former Indianapolis Teachers Union President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
7/22/2019Mental Health Days for Students
7/21/2019Don’t Bring Back Desegregation Busing
7/20/2019Transitioning to a New School as a Veteran Teacher
7/19/2019The Benefits of Living Near Your School
7/18/2019Preparing Your Child for Next School Year
7/14/2019Teachers Do You Have a Plan to Avoid Burnout for the Upcoming School Year?
7/13/2019Should Teachers also Drive the School Bus?
7/9/2019“Not My Ariel” Sound Similar to “Not Those Schools”
6/29/2019African-American Excellence in Education Awards
6/23/2019Catholic School Takes Stance Against Firing Gay Teacher during Pride Month
6/22/2019Opinion: Aleesia Johnson Can Move IPS in the Right Direction
6/20/2019Interview:  Lloyd Wright, the New Principal of Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
6/19/2019When Will Juneteenth Come for Black Students?
6/18/2019What is a Good School?
6/15/2019IPS Releases Names of Superintendent Candidates
6/11/2019What Schools Can Learn from the SZA Sephora Incident
6/8/2019Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment for Your Children
6/7/2019Let’s Keep it 100; Summer Reading is Important
5/30/2019Dear Mrs. Smith
5/29/2019Why I’m Unapologetically Pro School Choice
5/26/2019Educators, It’s Okay to be Firm with Kindergarten Students
5/14/2019National School Charter Week: Purdue Polytechnic High School
5/10/2019Black Teachers Matter
5/6/2019Five Ways to Show Teachers You Care During Teacher Appreciation Week
5/5/2019Parents, Have Your Children Caught You Reading?
5/4/2019Let Your Kids Read Comic Books!
5/3/2019Parents, Don’t Let Up During the Last Month of the School Year
5/1/2019Indiana’s Kindergarten Entry Date Will Change for the Upcoming School Year
4/28/2019Stop Policing Black Students’ Hair
4/28/2019Summer Reading is Essential to Student Success
4/27/2019What Will It Take to Address the Teacher Shortage in STEM Subjects and Special Education?
4/25/2019I Won’t Stop Writing, Even If It Cost Me My Job
4/23/2019Give Special Area and Elective Teachers the Respect They Deserve
4/17/2019When Lesson Plans Go Wrong
4/14/2019Principals, If Your Teachers Want to Leave, Let Them Go
4/11/2019IPS Receives $1 Million Donation
4/9/2019Removing a Teacher Licensure Exam as a Requirement Doesn’t Address Why Some Teachers of Color Aren’t Passing
4/8/2019Your School’s Library Should be the Heart of Your School’s Community
3/26/2019When School Discipline Goes Wrong
3/25/2019Lawmakers Approve Bill To Improve Safety of Students Who Ride the Bus
3/24/2019Relax Teachers and Enjoy Your Spring Break
3/22/2019Indiana Educators Shot with Fake Bullets to Prepare for School Shootings
3/19/2019Teachers, Keep Going
3/17/2019Don’t Forget the Unsung Heroes of Women’s History Month
3/15/2019How are We Empowering Girls in the Classroom?
3/13/2019A Stolen Education
3/9/2019When Schools Retaliate Against Teachers, Everyone Loses
3/6/2019You Have to Teach Behavior Just Like You Teach Academics
2/26/2019Educators, When Black History Month Comes to an End, Continue to Use Diverse Texts
2/22/2019Battle of the Books Pros and Cons. Is This Competition Really Worth the Time?
2/21/2019Teachers, Stop Provoking Students
2/20/2019When Kids are Traumatized at School
2/19/2019Beyond Black History Month
2/18/2019Governor Holcomb, Where are the Teachers on Your Teacher Compensation Commission?
2/17/2019Literacy and Libraries are Intertwined, so Why do Schools Keep Cutting Librarian Jobs Especially in Schools Where Students are Mostly of Color?
2/14/2019Build a Love of Reading on International Book Giving Day
2/6/2019Elwood, Indiana Superintendent Resigns
2/1/2019World Read Aloud Day 2019
1/31/2019Mentors Matters
1/29/2019Educators Should Not Justify Blackface
1/24/2019School Choice is about Doing What is Best for Your Children: It is Not about Public Charter Schools Vs. Traditional Public Schools
1/21/2019My Dream for My Children
1/20/2019What is Happening in Catholic Schools?
1/19/2019If We are Going to Shut Down the Government, Shut it Down to Build Up Our Schools, Not to Build a Wall
1/15/2019Parents, What is Your Family’s Academic Plan?
1/13/2019Parents, Instead of Participating in #SurvivingRKelly Conversations Online, Have Body Safety Talks with Your Children
1/10/2019What Will Happen to Indianapolis Schools Slated to Exit State Takeover?
1/8/2019So You Let Black Boys Wear Dreadlocks, but When are You Going to Stop Kicking Them out of Class?