Marilyn Rhames

Guest Blogger

Alumni Support Manager, Chicago Charter School

Chicago, Illinois

Marilyn Anderson Rhames has taught in district and charter schools in Chicago since 2004. She now serves as alumni support manager at a K-8 charter school, helping graduates persist through high school and on to college and careers.

Rhames authors a popular self-titled blog for Education Post. Previously, she spent four years writing the Education Week Teacher blog, Charting My Own Course, for which she won the Bammy Awards’ 2013 Commentator/Blogger of the Year. That year, online readers also voted Rhames for the Educators’ Voice Award and she went on to give a TEDx talk titled Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo. Since then, Rhames has been a regular guest on 90.1 FM Moody Radio Chicago to provide both human and spiritual perspectives on matters concerning public education.

A 2016 Surge Institute fellow, Rhames is dedicated to promoting more diverse education leadership to improve the education of students of color. She was also a Teach Plus teaching policy fellow in Chicago from 2010 to 2012.  In 2011, Rhames founded the Christian nonprofit Teachers Who Pray, which to date has more than 70 school chapters nationwide. She believes that tapping into the spiritual nature of teaching is a key, but often missing, component to providing the highest quality of education possible. Earlier this year, Rhames edited the picture book “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills,” a slave narrative for middle-school students.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Rhames worked as a reporter for People and Time magazines, as well as New York Newsday and The Journal-News newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s in education from National Louis University. Rhames is married to a music producer and is the mother to three children: an aspiring pianist, violinist, and singer-babbler.

RECENT POSTS

Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted May 15, 2017

Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later

One year ago, I excused myself from dinner with friends and returned to my hotel room to blog about my…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Black Moms Who Use Education as Their North Star

Whenever you see a low-income, single Black mother, I challenge you not to judge. I challenge you to see greatness…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted May 8, 2017

The Invisible Teacher: How the Secret Lives of Educators Can Impact Students

When you enter a school, it’s easy to notice the brightly colored bulletin boards and the roar of chatter spilling…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Apr. 13, 2017

Here’s Where It Landed When Ed Reformers Talked About Race Behind Closed Doors

“But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  …

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Apr. 10, 2017

Power, Policy and Prayer: My Eye-Opening Phone Call With Betsy DeVos

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog expressing my exasperation with my children’s public school education and my attraction…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Apr. 6, 2017

Ms. Rhames Goes to Washington: My Visit at the U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos mentioned me by name in her keynote speech (starting at 29 min.) at the…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Mar. 22, 2017

When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

Posted Feb. 15, 2017

The Greatest Teaching Tool a School Can Have? Love.

Somewhere along the way, public schools stopped investing in the souls of children.…

By Marilyn Rhames

Read Post

OUR NETWORK

Featured Posts

Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

Read Post

Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

Read Post

Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

Read Post

Browse by Date

Keep Up With
Education Post

Sign up for weekly emails featuring our top blog posts:

What We’re
Tweeting