Archive for March 2015

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 »