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Kelly Wickham is an assistant principal at a magnet school for technology in the Midwest. She authors Mocha Momma Has Something To Say for Babble and maintains a personal blog at Mocha Momma where she writes a lifestyle blog that includes personal stories about being a single mom, stories about race, and tales from her educational adventures. Originally from Chicago, Kelly lives in Springfield, IL with her boyfriend, The Cuban, and two of her four children.

Things to Know Before an IEP Meeting

Things to Know Before an IEP Meeting

It’s that time of year again. Every spring, there are a plethora of IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings that I begin attending. IEP teams are normally made up of teachers, special education teachers, a special education supervisor who writes the actual IEP, parents, and sometimes, when appropriate, students. I’m one of those people who actually MORE »

Ed Tech for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

Ed Tech for Teachers to Use in the Classroom

When I first started my teaching career, we were making a lot of shifts in education. Our state assessments were different 20 years ago (and we didn’t care what they got, honestly, because it wasn’t tied to funding like it is now), and we were just starting to get computers to use in the classroom. MORE »

Baby Showers for Teenagers: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Baby Showers for Teenagers: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

I already know the answer to the question I’m posing, but the way it came about was so organic that I didn’t think of it as controversial until I brought it up with a colleague of mine. In my two decades of teaching and being an administrator, I have seen my share of teenagers expecting MORE »

Optimism Hasn’t Yet Left the Classroom

Optimism Hasn’t Yet Left the Classroom

Rebecca Klein wrote an article for the Huffington Post this week about the optimism found in teachers who, through no fault of their own, are often portrayed as ready to give up. In looking at some data from Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she found what I know to be true about MORE »

How to Pretend That You’re The One Being Persecuted

How to Pretend That You’re The One Being Persecuted

There are few things in life more disturbing than imposing beliefs onto an entire nation because someone else feels threatened. I say this from a position as a person watching with horror the things happening in Kansas and Arizona right now. We are, literally in every sense of the phrase, taking several steps backward in MORE »

3 Tips for Talking About Our Government with Your Kids

3 Tips for Talking About Our Government with Your Kids

Last weekend, I spent some time with the ONE Campaign doing their yearly ONE Summit in Washington, D.C. Part of the reason I was asked to attend this was because I had taken a trip with them to Ethiopia back in October of 2012 and, as a delegation member, I got to learn more about MORE »

The Mean Girl Evolution: What It Looks Like, and What We Can Do

The Mean Girl Evolution: What It Looks Like, and What We Can Do

Back in 2004, I found myself thoroughly disgusted with reality television though, admittedly, I’m not fond of any of it. That was when a new show was introduced called The Swan. Do you remember that one? It was full of women who were “ugly ducklings,” but who would be given extreme makeovers that came with surgery, MORE »

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