Without Courage

2020-08-28T04:42:21-07:00June 28, 2014|Categories: For Teachers & Students, The Neighborhood|Tags: , , , , |

Speak the Speech I recently had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the eighth graders culminating from William Jefferson Clinton Middle School in South Los Angeles. Go Eagles! A few quick facts about Clinton (taken from their website): it's an inner-city middle school serving 900 students in a "predominantly commercial warehouse/industrial district that also resides in one of Los ... MORE  ▶

Who is The Man in the White Shirt?

2020-08-28T04:42:23-07:00May 2, 2014|Categories: For Teachers & Students, The Neighborhood|Tags: , |

The sixth-graders at McKinley Avenue School have been diligently working through Eleven this semester. (You can read more about them and see pictures here.) One of the central mysteries in the story revolves around a character known only as The Man in the White Shirt. Midway through the book, our amateur sleuths were asked to say who they thought The ... MORE  ▶

“I’ve Never Read a Whole Book Before”

2020-08-28T04:42:26-07:00April 1, 2014|Categories: For Teachers & Students, The Neighborhood|Tags: , |

Today, I'm going to brag about my kids. All thirty of them. Mr. Shapiro's Class, Room 26, McKinley Avenue School Since January, I've been teaching Eleven to the students in Jeff Shapiro's sixth-grade class at McKinley Avenue School in South Los Angeles. They are serious scholars, every one. Mr. Shapiro is an old friend and has ... MORE  ▶

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