Archive for April 2021

We can't talk about Adam Toledo without talking about 7th grade

Listen to this commentary by clicking on the link above. The conversations around the Chicago police murder of Adam Toledo focus on questioning systems: the schools, the streets, the family, the cops.  But I want to talk about what it means to be a 7th grader.  Adam Toledo attended 7th grade. When a 7th grader... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student overcomes social anxiety by playing guitar

Chicago Public Schools student overcomes social anxiety by playing guitar
by Carlos Raygoza-Perez, a student at Hancock College Prep Just hours away from the Hancock College Prep talent show in 2017, Leonel De Paz’s fingers bled. Covered in blisters and tender to the touch, Leo’s hands were ready to give out; however, he wasn’t. Fueled by his passionate love for music, he wasn’t ready to... Read more »

Chicago public school teacher discusses creating socially just and academically challenging classrooms

Thank you to Big Brown Dad’s Carlos Aguilar for inviting me to talk about teaching in Chicago for the last 25 years and what’s next. And check out Mestizo Coffee–it’s strong in a socially just way, too. (Just, uh, fast forward to 0:50 if you want to miss the quick f-bomb.) You can “Like” The White Rhino... Read more »
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