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An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

This winter, I attended University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum where I was able to hear one of my academic heroine’s, Angela Valenzuela, speak. Valenzuela’s text, Subtractive Schooling, is one of my favorites. She conducts research at a large high school in Houston, Texas, and posits that the Mexican immigrant students are not resisting the school … Continue reading

Turn Your Back because PUBLIC SCHOOLS MATTER

Turn Your Back because PUBLIC SCHOOLS MATTER

As 2014 drew to a close, New York City was a electrified yet grieving bundle of nerves. After the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who administered the choke-hold on Eric Garner that resulted in his death, the city was a constant flow of protests, die-ins, and demonstrations. The Mayor … Continue reading

This is my job

This is my job

I get a lot of questions from people about teaching community college. A lot. Most of my friends did not go to community college and they want to know what the differences are between it and a four-year school. A lot of people I know are literature and/or creative writing professors, and although my job … Continue reading

Let’s be Human in New York

Let’s be Human in New York

I am sure anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks has followed the incredible story on Humans of New York, the young man from Brownsville named Vidal, his principal Ms. Nadia Lopez, and the crowd-sourced fundraiser that Brandon Stanton (the photographer of Humans of New York, also called … Continue reading

Teachers: Family Tree Sensitivity, Please

Teachers: Family Tree Sensitivity, Please

First grade has brought long, complicated, detailed school projects into our life. Alexandra’s first two projects for first grade were related to her family: a family tree and a timeline of the life of a family member. As she did these projects (my god, they took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.), I was surprised to find the bile forming … Continue reading