Virtual School: Is there a silver lining?

So…I took some time off.  To observe, think, and continue to wrestle with how we treat students in our schools.  One day recently, I found a tiny bright spot in this horrible pandemic and this spark drove me back to the blog.  Is there really a silver lining? Of course not.   COVID has turned us all upside down and caused …

Kicked, Bit, Cursed At

I have been kicked, bit, and cursed at by many students over the years. Bit by a little girt named Justice, who understood no such concept. Justice knew no boundaries, she called the shots and home and attempted to do so at school. Helping Justice learn how to delay gratification, accept “No” and lesson aggression was not easy work. But …

No Choice but to Work Overtime

Every teacher and leader has two jobs.   One is to teach academic content and related skills and the other is to manage conversations and situations where students experience the triumph of compromise, negotiation, mediation, restitution and grace.  By accepting that our jobs are dual-fold, we have chosen to honor each student and commit to their wholeness.  Those of us who …

The Best Backstreet Boy?

A colleague and friend of mine often used this phrase to point out that being the best Backstreet Boy might be an accomplishment but it is a relative one, at that. (No offense Backstreet Boys or fans!) How does this relate to me and the work of RUS? The state test score accountability movement has tended to focus on academic …

We Cannot Rest

Given that one in three black American males will be incarcerated, RUS cannot wait for criminal justice reform.  As educators we accept our responsibilities to do our part to turn off the tap of the school to prison pipeline. We acknowledge that we operate in a high stakes system of accountability, in an environment where schools are externally judged primarily …