Indy K12 Articles

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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.

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

Click here to read my 2018 articles.

Click here to read my 2017 articles including my viral piece, “Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools” which has been viewed over 1,000,000 times.