Talking About Race

A week or so ago, a fellow blogger talked about her classroom discussion with students on the topic of race. Interestingly, she started her reflection by talking through her feelings… of how she felt as a race-talk facilitator. She said… “It is somewhat terrifying. Terrifying because I, a white American woman, often worry that I am … More Talking About Race

For the Love of Data

Earlier this summer, Diane Ravitch highlighted in a blog post several points made by Susan Ochshorn in her writing of Big Data and Little Kids.  In short, an argument was made that a push for data based achievement creates casualties among students. While I have an affinity towards all children, my work as an educator … More For the Love of Data

Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Part II of the series:  The Need for a Deeper Dive Over the past few months, I have tweeted under the #biggerfish2fry umbrella arguing that I don’t want to pick sides in the polarized reform/anti-reform debate. I feel that each side has a compelling argument and each side has room for growth.  But being challenged … More Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not about Achievement

As a first year school director, one of my teachers gave me some interesting feedback. He said, “Dye, you don’t do it like white people.” I waited for him to explain because I wanted to know if the knot that had formed in my stomach was warranted or not. I was ok with being critiqued on … More Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not about Achievement