The Struggle Continues: Racial Disparity in School Discipline

By Photo by Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Excerpt from “I Have a Dream,” speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.

Why Do We Ignore the Emotional Lives of Children?

With the constant focus on testing and data, we rarely discuss the fundamentals of children’s lives.

At a summer workshop several years ago, the participants were asked to write in a few words what, as educators, they were passionate about. Without hesitation I grabbed a blue marker and wrote “the emotional life of children” on my sketch paper.

Mr. Rogers and a Philosophy of Kindness

"Won't you be my Neighbor?"
“Won’t you be my Neighbor?”

I have to admit that when I was a little girl, I thought Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was kind of humble and a little old-fashioned.

In 1972, I was four years old and on the forefront of the first generation that grew up watching the Children’s Programming Network on PBS, which started airing programs in 1968.…

Preschool Language and Literacy: What to Teach and How to Teach It?

IRIS_Padres_Preparados-017Reading and understanding text is essential for children to succeed in school.  Children’s reading ability is powerfully affected by the language and literacy skills they learn in early childhood.  Children who do not have stimulating language and literacy experiences in early childhood fall behind their peers in language and literacy achievement, and the gap accumulates and builds to big differences in reading ability and content knowledge within a few years of schooling.…