Archive for June 2015

Male Chicago Public Schools student finds courage through sewing

Male Chicago Public Schools student finds courage through sewing
At Catalyst-Chicago’s Classroom Story Slam Friday, I was honored to read one of my student’s essays.  Carlos Hernandez is a junior who is a humble gentleman, an honor roll student, a part-time dishwasher at an Asian restaurant, and simply a cool fella–who dresses sharp as hell.  He is a leader simply because he is himself,... Read more »

Teacher Stories at Catalyst-Chicago's Classroom Story Slam

This Friday, Catalyst-Chicago holds its third Classroom Story Slam as it celebrates twenty-five years of education reporting. The idea behind this event, according to Founder and Publisher Linda Lenz, is relationship building and inspiration. A number of teachers, including me, told stories about opportunity and equity at the last two events. My story about teaching... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student struggles but graduates

This guest post is by my student Diana Morales, who graduated last week. I remember being so excited to enter high school. Graduating from eighth grade was so much fun but at the same time scary because I knew what was coming my way. Once I entered high school and completed my first year I... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools graduate on the responsibility that comes with education

Chicago Public Schools graduate on the responsibility that comes with education
My proudest moments as a teacher are when I can sit back and watch my students use their own words to express themselves.  Lisseth Perez delivered the closing speech at Monday night’s Hancock College Prep commencement ceremony.  Inspired by the missing 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Lisseth moved many in the audience to tears and had... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student explains education

This year, I had the pleasure of working with a brilliant young man in my journalism class.  Juan Toledo possesses a passion for writing.  A couple of weeks ago, he told me about his poetry.  His social consciousness recognizes the inequalities that exist in education.  Despite his own educational challenges, something somewhere went right in... Read more »