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Will I Have a Job Next Year? #TheClockIsTicking

It’s late June and school has been out for two weeks. I should be enjoying my summer, vacationing, resting, and preparing for fall enrollments. Instead, I’m spending the days concerned if I’ll have a job in 2 months. I work at a charter school in Chicago, in the special service department, working with children with various […]

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Black Male Teacher: Part 2: The Search

The Present “It took me nearly four years until I was able to lock down my first full time teaching gig.” – Anonymous Classroom Teacher Whenever I have too much time to think about this job search process those are the words that echo in my head. I know that this could take awhile. And […]

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It’s Time For More Black Men in the Classroom

Ever since I made the decision to pursue a career in education, I have constantly been praised and told, “We need more black males in education”. Before, I simply agreed and went about my business, but lately that statement has me thinking. I’ve encountered several black men who are phenomenal educators and make a difference […]

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced new investments in mentoring, after-school and summer programs at Harper High School, 6520 S. Wood St. Feb. 7, 2013. He greeted Marcus Norris, 16, and other members of Becoming A Man (BAM), a program for at-risk youth. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Innovative program cuts violent-crime arrests among Chicago youth

Crimes committed by at-risk Chicago students dropped in half, and high-school graduations rose sharply in an innovative education program called Becoming a Man that is capturing national attention and could become one antidote to the city’s persistent bloodshed, according to a newly published study. BAM focuses on adolescent and teenage boys on the city’s violent […]

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Hakeem Day, 19, will receive the Rising Star Award from DuSable Museum.  Day graduated from Simeon High School and will start a four year carpenter's apprentice program in the fall.  | Leslie Adkins/For the Sun-Times

DuSable Museum honors ‘Rising Star’ for character, resilience

Achievement isn’t always measured in academic prowess, when talking of teenagers navigating the under-resourced schools, fractured families, poverty and violence of Chicago’s inner city. It can be measured by character, resilience, determination. All are adjectives used to describe Hakeem Day, a 19-year-old who graduated last week from Simeon Career Academy and will be honored as […]

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Lost Accountability

I want to reminisce a little bit.  There used to be a glorious time when youth were able to ride bikes, jump double-dutch and play Hide and Seek with their only concern being the street lights coming on – indicating that it was time to go in the house.  Nowadays, some youth are missing out […]

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Nortasha Stingiey (R) hugs Lutrice Boyd during a news conference by "Purpose over Pain", a group of mothers who lost children to gun violence, calling for a stop to shootings in Chicago, Illinois, United States, May 6, 2016.REUTERS/Jim Young  - RTX2D6H1

The Killing Season

I’m an Oakland boy but I the place that birthed me is in crisis and the world is numb to it. Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, is losing Black life at an astonishing rate. What’s worse is that very few folks outside of Chicago are discussing it. The past two […]

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Gov. Rauner, Don’t Call Yourself a Charter School Supporter Until You Fund Our Schools

The war between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the state’s General Assembly has claimed its first charter casualty: Chicago’s Galapagos Charter School. More than likely, more will follow. That’s because charter schools are public schools, and in Illinois, that means they too are subject to our inadequate, unfair school funding formula and our record-setting budget stalemate. If […]

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