A New Vision for CPS: A Reason for Hope?

Last week, I wrote a blog about the new “Learn.Plan,Succeed” initiative. I was infuriated. This week, I might be hopeful. On April 19, with very little fanfare, a new three-year vision for Chicago Public Schools was released to CPS employees. This vision is very ambitious, and very necessary. Because of this new vision, I am... Read more »

Learn. Plan. Succeed?

I’m the mom of two Chicago Public School students.  I’m also a CPS teacher working in a neighborhood school. As a double winner, I am intimately acquainted with the behemoth that is CPS.  And the latest “groundbreaking initiative” just adds to the dysfunction. In a letter to CPS employees on April 10, Janice K. Jackson,... Read more »

Hope for Today

A recent post by Hal Runkel, an author I admire, got me thinking. I just purchased Hal’s most recent book, Choose Your Own Adulthood, and can’t wait to share it with my kids (after I read it).  I love Hal’s humor and the fact that he seems like a real person instead of someone who... Read more »

Thank you, President Trump

I never thought I’d type those words, but I experienced something this weekend that I don’t think would have happened if Trump wasn’t president.  I’m not proud to admit this, but it’s true. Here’s what happened: I went to see “Kong: Skull Island” with my son and his friend on Friday night.  I did not... Read more »

A Weekend Checklist for All

I recently read a post entitled 9 Ways to Make Your Marriage Great: A sober dad weekend checklist. And I was pretty offended. Not just for myself, but for my spouse, too. While some of the ideas were great (“Don’t argue just to argue” and “Treasure the moments”), the checklist also included these two items:... Read more »

Times Like These

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The... Read more »

Accepting the things I cannot change and changing the things I can: The children edition

I don’t know about you, but I worry about my kids. A lot. I’m not a helicopter parent, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t obsess over their lives, their future, their everything.  I just don’t act like I do. For example, when my kids get teased, I start to worry.  I hate thinking about... Read more »

Social Media Smackdown

A few weeks ago I wrote about how connected I felt to others because of social media. The comments and support my family received via Facebook while my mom was in the hospital was truly heartening. I extolled the virtues of connecting via the internet. Well, I’m over that now. With the start of the... Read more »

Haiku: The End of Winter Break

This week, all I can manage is a Haiku: Overwhelmed by fear. How will we manage the change? Anxiety, go! At least I did it.

Turning 17

  I’ve seen a lot of memes the past few days  from The Sound of Music “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” scene. I’m not the biggest fan of this song (the movie, I LOVE), but the pictures have made me think. And of course, the beginning of a new year always forces me to reflect on (regret) the... Read more »