How being a caregiver helped me see my mistakes

More times that I wish, I made the mistake of forgetting to consider my parents’ perspective. In temperamental outbursts, I snapped, yelled, judged, and criticized my parents for not reacting to difficult situations the way I think they should have reacted. It’s been a long time since this happened, I think. The way I remember... Read more »

Latino USA explains significance of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's mayoral bid

Latino USA explains significance of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's mayoral bid
Latino USA visits the Windy City for a behind-the-scenes look at Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Maria Hinojosa and her staff insightfully cover the present, past, and possible future of Chicago’s mayoral politics.  Native Chicagoans are certain to learn a few things (I did). Latino USA follows Chuy Garcia and his staff... Read more »

How Phil Ponce’s questioning of Chuy Garcia reveals Latino elitism

My father has a joke: A bunch of Mexican lobsters are sitting in pot of boiling water.  One tries to get out.  The other lobsters grab him with their claws and pull him down. I’m not saying Phil Ponce intentionally undermined Chuy Garcia’s mayoral candidacy when he pushed his questioning about the candidate’s son: “With... Read more »
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Chicago Teachers Union needs to re-think contract negotiations

In an interview about how a Secretary of State deals with all the competing demands, Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger said they approach their work with three views: the urgent, the important, and the long-term.  We can disagree with these politicians’ policies but we should consider their insights during the upcoming contract negotiations between the... Read more »

Why teachers need to care even when we can’t anymore

It’s Sunday evening and I’m thinking about teaching Monday.  My stomach swirls a little.  I shake my head.  Even though I mark twenty years as an educator this year, I still get those start-of-the-week stomach discomforts sometimes.  And it’s third quarter—which means third-quarter slump: tired students who don’t want to work, worn-down minds that don’t... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools Teachers--Tell Your Story on April 2

This year, Catalyst-Chicago celebrates 25 years of independent reporting on urban schools.  On Thursday, April 2, Catalyst invites teachers to tell their classroom stories related to the theme of equity.  You’ve shared your frustrations, you’ve celebrated triumphs, now use the mic to tell a story more people need to hear. In February, I attended the... Read more »
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A Latino's reality in an elite college classroom

A guest post by Raul Guzman: I came across an article on Twitter today that reaffirmed my observations about the exclusionary nature of US society. The title of the article, by Market Watch, is “Why the American Dream is unraveling, in 4 charts.”   This article is about the shockingly disparate advantages associated with one’s socioeconomic status; higher... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools announces Latino and Latin American Studies curriculum

Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools and the district’s Latino Advisory Committee announced the Interdisciplinary Latino and Latin American Studies Curriculum.  The district describes it as a “comprehensive opportunity for quality instruction that meets the needs of all CPS students and gives young people a greater sense of self-awareness through the study of Latino and Latin American... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools Students at Hancock win Posse Scholarships

For the fifth year in a row,  Hancock College Prep High School on the city’s Southwest side celebrates its students who earned full college scholarships from the Posse Foundation, an organization supporting students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential.  Chicago Public Schools students Barbara Cruz, Tatyana Hornof, and Sergio Ruvalcaba can focus on their studies... Read more »
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Why education reporting is REALLY so boring

An associate education editor at the Atlantic wrote a piece today explaining why education reporting is so boring.  Alia Wong explains that it’s because of the words. “Edu-speak—the incomprehensible babble used to describe what are often relatively straightforward teaching methods, learning styles, and classroom designs is plaguing the country’s schools.” Instead of helping everyone understand... Read more »