Growing up on Chicago Westside could have made me a lot of bad things according to the news and social media these days, but it gave me drive, motivation and sense of empowerment to become the man I am today. Charles Sumner Academy, is where I got roots, As an African American male Technology teacher, coach and mentor, I understand the importance of teaching basic skills like reading, writing, and math. But if we provide students with only the basics, then they will suffer from a huge gap in the knowledge and skills they need to function well in twenty-first-century workplaces. In order to be effective citizens, workers, and leaders in society, students also need practice with critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and working creatively.

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