My job as an educator is not to perpetuate an oppressive system, but rather to give students the tools to dismantle it. Teachers have the unique opportunity to directly combat those oppressive structures with stories

Teacher Stephanie Rivera offers some inspiration this spring Friday.

Our classrooms should be a place where they can shed their fearful cloaks, step into the light, and see us welcoming them with open arms.

I haven't known how to begin most days as a person, much less how to try and bring these discussions into the classroom.

We may be an English class, but it's clear to me we need some history, too.

We have two jobs: create a space of safety, validation, and love for our students, and to teach them how to critically question power, advocate for themselves, and resist oppression.

I will simply hold up the mirror and tell them the power to rise up is already inside.

Here are some New Year's resolutions I'm making to be a better leader in our class.

Here are the top six posts from 2016 on "The Intersection"—and what that means for the year ahead.

When we share the problem with students, we must also take time to honor and draw inspiration and lessons from those who have done this work before us.

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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