My mother has accepted that the pearls on the gates to my dream school only bedazzle an iron frame that locks me into a one-in-four statistic.


I think women before me sacrificed so much and did not receive recognition, but created or planted seeds to make the future brighter for females.


Considering what it means for me to be a woman in education means that I have to consider the multiple intersections of my own being, show my students the beauty in their own multiple-issue beings, and integrate all of those things to create an atmosphere of bidirectional learning.


I know that being a woman in education is important and affects the way I interact with my students and my work. I just have no. idea. how.


Each Friday this month, I'll post some ideas, folks to follow, and blog pieces about Black history, the work Black teachers are doing and how they are engaging in this month with their students.


As my students move through a media world that may try to tell them they don't exist, they don't matter, or their stories are only worth being the stereotypical B-plot of a sitcom, I want them to stare those assumptions in the face and say, "NO."


Each Friday this month, I'll post some ideas, folks to follow, and blog pieces about Black history, the work Black teachers are doing and how they are engaging in this month with their students.


The mistake we make is believing that there is a singular "culture" in my classroom. We fall into the easy idea that once I've gained a handle on "culture," I sudden know everything about and can teach to the specific needs of all my students.


Resources for Black History Month and reading from Black educators.


None of us grow if we're scared we'll get painted over with labels when we raise our heads to speak. No one flies forward if we're concerned the strings that came tied to our funding will pull us back.


The opinions expressed in The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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