Archive for October 2019

The real obstacle to staffing all Chicago Public Schools with social workers and nurses

Inequality increases with inadequate policies.  As Chicago Public Schools teachers nobly fight for more social workers and nurses in schools, we need to recognize the real obstacle to staffing these positions: certification.   Thanks to Kalyn Belsha, national education reporter at Chalkbeat, I learned that–before they can work in Illinois schools–social workers and nurses need additional certification... Read more »

Why I teach in the Chicago Public Schools

In my 25th year as a teacher, I still remind myself that I cannot forget what I do in the Chicago Public Schools and why. I teach writing in the Chicago Public Schools because it nourishes emotions and augments the mind.  We hear and use words so casually these days that they become like oxygen:... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools Students Discuss a Hot September without Air Conditioning

As part of Hancock College Prep’s Chi-Teens Podcast Club, Chicago Public Schools students discuss what it was like to be in school without air conditioning this September when 50% of the school days reached 80 degrees or higher. You can “Like” The White Rhino Blog’s Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @whiterhinoray. To subscribe to the White Rhino... Read more »