Archive for August 2017

Four questions teacher leaders should ask themselves

Last year Teach to Lead invited me to give the keynote speech at the summit on inclusion, equity, and opportunity. A partnership between, National Board, ASCD, and the U.S. Department of Education, Teach to Lead hosts Teacher Leadership Summits to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts, and schools across... Read more »

Why a Chicago school voucher tax-credit program won't ensure student success

Details of the new Illinois school funding agreement, resulting from a bill Gov. Rauner criticized as a bailout of the Chicago Public Schools, remain vague after Mayor’s Emanuel’s press conference today. But talk of $75 million in publicly funded tax credits for private school scholarships in the agreement (as reported by Chicago SunTimes) continues to... Read more »

Two Chicago Universities Establish Generous Scholarships for Undocumented Students

As Lisseth Perez completed her education in the Chicago Public Schools, she kept her undocumented status private even when her college counselor, a trusted resource in the school community, kept pushing her to opportunities for which she did not qualify. It was late in her senior year of high school when Perez shared her status... Read more »

Despite Potential to Improve Student Success, Latino Male Teachers Remain Scarce

In high school, when Fernando Reyes started thinking about the type of career he wanted, he thought about becoming a pyrotechnician. “I loved working with demolition, explosives, anything that involved that type of chemistry,” he told Latino USA. But when Reyes started taking chemistry classes, he discovered that while he was passionate about seeing chemistry in... Read more »

Listen to an excerpt from Chicago Public Schools teacher novel about music and 26th Street

Listen to an excerpt of my novel The Hot Mix, a coming of age novel set of an iconic Chicago neighborhood, due out summer 2019 from La Casita Grande Press. To listen on my publisher’s site, click here. Follow my road to publication on Twitter @whiterhinoray. or on Instagram: @WhiteRhinoRay. To subscribe to the White Rhino Blog, scroll... Read more »

How a novel about Chicago's 26th St. and music came to be

My novel The Hot Mix will be released in 2019 by La Casita Grande Press.  It’s a coming of age story that chronicles a young man’s struggles with his father and the community they live in. Through music themed chapters, the writing reveals the heart of Chicago’s 26th Street neighborhood. Read about how this novel came to... Read more »