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7 Questions about the Coronavirus that Point Us to God

Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) The... Read More

Why Every Educator Needs to Run a Marathon

I am a marathoner. I just earned that title after running the Chicago Marathon last month. What was my time? I finished. Anyone who seeks to understand American public education needs to run at least one marathon. Yes, pounding the... Read More

We Need More Ed Policymakers like Fred Rogers

I was probably about 4 or 5 when it happened. It is my earliest memory of getting angry and punching somebody. I was sitting in my living room, minding my own business, watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on our black and... Read More

What Kanye West & Kim Kardashian West Teaches Us About How Faith Shows Up in Schools

Marilyn Anderson Rhames is the founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based nonprofit that has more than 165 chapters nationwide. She taught for 14 years in the Chicago public schools, after spending her early professional career as a journalist for outlets... Read More

There is No ‘Dr. King’ Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This week, from coast to coast and all around the world, people of all races, faiths and creeds will pause to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will be heralded as a freedom fighter.... Read More

Dr. King’s Legacy of Equal Education Echoes in the Voices of Today’s Black Teachers

Fifty years ago today, one of the strongest advocates for equality in education and society at large was silenced. With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, African-Americans across the country mourned the loss of a man whose... Read More

Everything That’s Right and Wrong About Education Reform, I Learned at My 25th Corliss High School Reunion

At my 25th high school reunion dinner recently, I found myself upset. I had a major conflict of interest, where my loyalties were challenged and the realities of today battled against my feelings of nostalgia. [aesop_image imgwidth=”40%” img=”” offset=”20px” align=”right”... Read More

Why the ‘Ed’ and the ‘Tech’ Are Sometimes At Odds in the ‘Ed Tech’ Conversation, and Which One Should Win

One way to know if you really understand something is to try to teach it. Or blog about it. As a non-techie type of educator, I didn’t know how confused I was about ed tech until I attended the EdSurge... Read More

Finally, Ed Tech Is Partnering with Teachers to Improve the Impact of Personalized Learning

I’ll just say it: As a teacher, I hated the “ed tech” conversation. Sure, I used basic technology in my classroom—maybe some iPads, or websites like Kahn Academy and Edublogs. But I hated #EdTech Twitter feeds and ed tech professional... Read More

Why I Support DACA as a Teacher, a Black Woman, a Christian and a Human Being

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For the past nine of my 14 years teaching, my students have been predominantly of Mexican descent.... Read More