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 payment for 26.2 miles is painful,...

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 white box TV with the...

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. A bold voice for justice. An eloquent orator. An Noble...

My First Assignment: Haiti

Who knew that I’d write my very first post on my new self-titled blog in a van traveling up a winding, pothole-riddled gravel road on a 5,000-foot mountain side in northern Haiti? Only God could have planned this. Perhaps it symbolizes the great adventure this...