Unsung Heroes: World, Meet Willie O’Ree

Unsung Heroes: World, Meet Willie O’Ree

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the chances are high you have heard about Jackie Robinson. Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he started playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. However, have you ever heard of Willie O’Ree? O’Ree,...
Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Interactive reading is one way I engage my fourth graders in learning about new people and places. Recently, we’ve used this approach with books by Malala Yousafzai and Jane Goodall. “Have you heard of Malala?” I asked my students when introducing them to her book...
Civil Dissent: Can US Politics Return To It?

Civil Dissent: Can US Politics Return To It?

A young woman I know, a middle-schooler, has named her new kitten after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She learned about Ginsburg when she read a children’s book about her: I Dissent (more on that later). The girl became a fan, and now the cat is named “Ruthie.” I can’t think...
8 Lessons Learned on My 50th Birthday

8 Lessons Learned on My 50th Birthday

A global pandemic never factored into my imagination when I envisioned my 50th birthday. Quarantine certainly changed my plans as the half-century mark of my life arrived but having my two adult sons with me is a greater gift than I could ever want. I’ve been told...
Fields of Dreams: Lessons from Sports

Fields of Dreams: Lessons from Sports

Baseball has been called America’s pastime; maybe that’s why I watched opening day with so much solace, joy and hope this year. Around the country, we are hearing “play ball” for baseball, football, basketball and other sports. However, during a raging pandemic, we...