The What/Why/How of Cultural Mismatch in Chicago Public Schools

By: Ana Pyper The What Chicago Public Schools District (CPS) serves around 400,000 students in neighborhoods of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, immigrant groups, and life experiences. To do this, CPS employs roughly 22,000 teachers (depending on what cuts they’re making each year).* CPS Student Demographics by Ethnicity: CPS Teacher Demographics by Ethnicity: *All…

The Death of (More Than) a Teacher

By: Daniel Bergerson Dear Dr. Miller, Or now that I don’t feel weird saying it… Dear Jake, Some four years ago, you gave a speech to our entire high school. With your signature Kansas drawl and wry wit, you started by saying, “I want to talk about my personal experience at the risk of this…

Building Community Through Student Teaching

As many of us pre-service teachers head back to school over the next few weeks, heading back into the classroom is also on the agenda. For some pre-service teachers it will be their first practicum or field placement; others will find themselves in their full semester of student teaching. Many posts that discuss student teaching…

Upon Being Called Father

By: Evan Taylor Students often ask me why I do not have any kids. I tell them I have a whole bunch of kids. I always have and will refer to my students as my kids, since that is the bond I build with any student I come in contact with throughout my journey as…