On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …

The coolest part about tomorrow: partnerships showing strength and growing @DNTHS

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

After school today, students from both of my double-block periods came together to put together a plan to run the interview with Cobe Williams tomorrow.  Just like last year, they are in charge of facilitating.  Despite coming from different project groups and periods, we had a very productive discussion on the expectations, logistics and discussion Read More …

Tues @DNTHS: Violence Interrupter “Cobe” Williams joins us via Skype

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Last year spring, my students rocked the My Bloody Life / gangs awareness project we threw at them.  It was a testament to how a project can change its direction from the grassroots of the classroom — the student body — and how reading high-interest materials can promote deeper learning.  As the advocates who voiced interest in seeing The Read More …

building bridges with blogging: now connected to some great authors

This morning, I woke to the a Google Alert on my name to find that I had been mentioned in a recent post by author Vicki Spandel on one of her blogs.  I have written about some of Spandel’s work and also used it as a basis for my argument in my New Tech Network Read More …