trouble maker

My kids think I’m a school (district) troublemaker. I appreciate that moniker. I make trouble for equity. I make trouble for Black and Brown and Indigenous children. I make trouble to make sure kids get what they need. I make trouble for liberation. I don’t coddle White Supremacy. I don’t stand for racism. I’m spending […]

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To My Students

I have a feeling you’ve been reading this blog. I worried about that when I started writing on here again. I worried about expressing this side of me, which is not a side but rather an essential part of who I am. I’ve struggled with bipolar depression all of my life. It’s always with me. […]

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New on CocoaMamas: Racial Microaggressions in Elementary School

Hi all — Have a new post up on CocoaMamas. Photo: Me! All rights reserved. Our school district has recently started a new task force looking at minority achievement. In such a resource rich district, but also with many social inequalities, its unsurprising but still really angering that we have disparities in the rate of […]

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I’m Here, I Exist

When I tell someone I have bipolar 2 disorder, the shock that comes across his or her face often takes me aback. If they know me, their shock is a tad annoying. What does me saying I have bipolar disorder change for them? What does the admission trigger in their mind about what someone with bipolar […]

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ABD Day #2 : I Am Not A Stay-At-Home

One of the things about dissertating is that my time is wide open. No one tells me where to be or what to do. There are no classes, no assignments, no group meetings. To dissertate well, one must be super protective of one’s time. I suck at protecting my time. Case in point: I am […]

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Champions of Freedom

This is an event I organized for my kids’ school…the posters went up on Tuesday, in honor of MLK Day that was celebrated on Monday. There are posters of the “champions of freedom” and “fact” posters that have facts about each of the people, color coded. Today, the kids did a “fact hunt” by choosing […]

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Never Never Land

I can’t. I can’t work in the “real world.” I’m going back to my world of books and ideas and theories and research. I’m getting the heck out of dodge. This summer, I’m working for a large urban public school district. My job is to analyze data and the law to create guidelines for teachers. […]

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Educated Liars: Stanford Brings Back ROTC

Since the Vietnam War era, ROTC has operated away from most elite university campuses, marginalized by a leftist majority against war and militarization. But yesterday, rhetorically due to the end of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Stanford […]

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battle cry

Somehow my children got a hold of buttons with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. on them. Being their ego-centric selves, they first starting saying that their names were on them. This was at breakfast, and I missed part of the conversation as I was sweeping the floor. But I came across the conversation and […]

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