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03.17.17 Video of the Week: Emily Badillo’s Right is Right

My very favorite video I’ve watched this week is of 4th grade teacher Emily Badillo at Excellence Girls Academy in Brooklyn.  It’s about the best example you’re going to see of the Right is Right technique. But it shows a lot more than that.  Here’s some play-by-play: Emily is asking her students about the key facts…


03.18.15 Letter from New Orleans: Teach Like a Champion for Peer Tutors

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Evan Stoudt, Freshman Dean and Algebra teacher at Sci Academy in New Orleans–one of my favorite schools.  I find them especially reflective about how to combine real college prep academic rigor with loving attention to the in-school (and often out-of-school) lives of their students.  Evan mentioned…


02.03.14 2.0 Excerpt: On Right is Right and its Challenges

I’m creeping up on my deadline for TLAC 2.0 revisions and have asked my family and friends to avoid using the word ‘b*ok’ or, God forbid, ‘m*nuscript’ around me as they make me start to mutter and sweat uncontrollably.  Anyway, this morning I finished my revisions of Right is Right and thought I’d share a bit…