August 30, 2018

‘America to Me’ Director Steve James on Having a Real Conversation About Race in Schools

Two summers ago, I wrote an essay called “The challenges of being a black Principal in today’s racial and political climate.” It was a reflection of […]
October 22, 2017

Lessons I’ve Learned on What Makes or Breaks a Principal

So many say that the principalship is the hardest job in education…and I couldn’t agree more. Being the inspiration, visionary, coach, sounding board, disciplinarian, advocate, negotiator, […]
October 22, 2017

He Was the People’s Principal

It’s 7:15 a.m. and it’s raining. The weather doesn’t matter however, because he is standing outside every day…rain, sleet, or snow, like the postman…greeting students as […]
March 3, 2017

Call to Action: Give All Kids Access to Opportunities and Believe in Their Big Dreams

It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be. As I child, I dreamed of being Diana Ross, a doctor, an […]
January 12, 2017

We talked about school equity last year. Now we need to DO something about it.

2016 was certainly the year of talking about equity around this country. Through data, the media and some brave storytellers, we figured out that students of […]
January 5, 2017

I Was the Smart Black Girl Schooled in a White World But Zip Code Shouldn’t Matter Anymore

So much has already been said about the current election. People are disappointed. People are in shock. People are in fear. As a school leader, I […]
January 5, 2017

Our Schools Need Social Justice Warriors, Not Status-Quo Embracers

As we dive head first into this school year, I urge teachers, parents and leaders to think deeply about the mission of schooling and the mission […]
September 20, 2016

A principal speaks. Then silence…by Dan Haley of the Wednesday Journal

When the principal of an Oak Park middle school writes an essay as blunt and passionate — on topics as key as the gap and discipline […]