A former writing teacher, Marilyn Anderson Rhames was the Manager of Alumni Relations at a charter school in Chicago. She holds master’s degrees in education and journalism, is a former Teach Plus</a> policy fellow, and a founder of the nonprofit Teachers Who Pray. In 2013, Rhames received the Educator’s Voice Award for her blog and was also named “Commentator/Blogger of the Year” by the Bammy Awards. Follow her on Twitter @MarilynRhames. This blog is no longer being updated.
Teaching Opinion Farewell to the 'Charting My Own Course' Teacher Blog
After four years of highs and lows, Marilyn Rhames is ending her award-winning Education Week Teacher blog.
Teaching Opinion Am I a Racist Teacher for Not Being 'Color-Blind'?
After a small but loud group of white teachers pushback against my Ed Week op-ed about race in education, I felt compelled to follow-up with another post that doubles down while also apologizes (but only just a little).
Education Opinion Hiring, Firing, and Striking: How the Chicago Teachers Pension Is Killing Schools Softly
Though Chicago Public Schools took out a $1.1 billion loan to pay its bills through the 2015-16 school year, none of the money would pay the $700 million pension payment that's due again next year.
Teaching Profession Opinion Invitation to Read: 'Racial Injustice is Rooted In a Lie'
Last week I particpated in a roundtable blogging discussion called "Confronting Racial Injustice in Schools" Education Week's Op-EDucation page, and it was sad and shocking to read the racist and culturally insensitive comments of some readers—especially because these people may very well be "educators."
Student Well-Being Opinion Teaching With High Ropes and Wedgies: Lessons From a 7th Grade Camping Trip
A painful episode on a campground's high ropes course turns out be a surprising teachable moment for blogger Marilyn Anderson Rhames and her students.
Teaching Profession Opinion More Problems, More Prayer: A Year in the Life of Chicago Public Schools
The National Day of Prayer is May 7, and Chicago's educational crisis tops my list of societal issues to take to God.
School & District Management Opinion Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage
Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.
Teaching Opinion The Good, the Bad, and the Urgent: An Honest Confession From a Teacher-Mom
I never fully internalized the power of the phrase a "sense of urgency" in education until I needed other people to have it for my 8-year-old daughter and it seemed really hard to find.
School Choice & Charters Opinion Open Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis
The bid for mayor in Chicago is just heating up. Ailing teachers union president Karen Lewis is backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but can he manage the city's fiscal crisis while also improving the Chicago Public Schools?
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System
Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system.
Teaching Opinion Beyond Profiling: Deepening Classroom Discussions About Race
Guest blogger and Bronx teacher Mark Anderson taught an in-depth unit on racial segregation and had to grapple with surprising feedback from his students of color.
Teaching Profession Opinion Ill. Pulls the Rug Out With New ESL-Endorsement Requirement for Teachers
A new state law could deem effective, experienced teachers unfit to instruct immigrant children.
Equity & Diversity Opinion Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates
Teachers unions and school reformers often force teachers to pick a side—district or charter—and stick to it; however, more teachers need to cross that invisible line.
Teaching Opinion Michael Brown Verdict and Two Meatless Slices of Bread
It's often said that "a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich," so why wasn't the police officer who was seen murdering an unarmed teenager brought to trial?