This is what I’m doing right now. I’ll update this page more often than I do other parts of my website and will share specific projects I’m working on right now as well as list books I’m reading, movies I’ve seen, or even things that people on the Internet refer to as TIL (Today I Learned).
I’m working on implementing the ACT Tessera assessment to our GEAR UP cohort students. This assessment measures the social-emotional learning (SEL) capabilities of students and in turn, offers counselors and educators assistance to nurture their students’ skills.
I’m also working on the first Annual Performance Report (APR) for our newly-funded GEAR UP grant and although we’re not expected to report much progress, I’m glad to see that we, in fact, have made a lot of progress.
I’m reading Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity as well as Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The former is a searing reminder of the underbelly of the city I grew up in; mostly oblivious at the time to the struggles of the poor. The latter is a perfect and strangely-unironical comparison of the state of the poor in the world’s richest country. Both books are Pulitzer Prize winners that I’m finally getting my hands on.
I loved Black Panther and it richly deserves the box office success that it is currently enjoying. May this success herald more such movies.
Nearly 72 percent of ninth graders have some postsecondary education within seven years. But there’s a 32 percentage point difference between private and public schools and much higher if you segregate by race/ethnicity.