Students and families for whom English is their second or third language do not process their day to day world, or learning, in the language or through the cultural lens that most public schools have deemed appropriate. Yet, we still push ahead with a mostly sink-or-swim take on ELL education.
The value of creating "safe" spaces is to combat a society that has attempted to strip kinship away from us by telling us the things that connected us culturally were never worthwhile to begin it.
This week, I encourage folks to listen to NPR's Code Switch's podcast episode, "Struggling School, or Sanctuary?"
I believe that the creation of the platform is an essential, progressive step towards revolutionizing education.
Think of this: out of all the people in the world, the universe conspired to bring the group of us together in this room right now.
July is winding down to a close, and some of us are preparing to re-enter our classrooms. Even if you're not, you may have had enough of a break to begin wondering, What will I do next year?
To bring "equality" and "justice" to a system usually means having to disrupt that system to begin with.
If you weren't already committed to tackling the world's injustices before Pokémon Go came out, it probably wasn't the game's popularity that was stopping you.
There is a brilliant light that glows in him and all of our students. Many of us lose the ability to see it, but it doesn't change the fact that it shines in spite of us.
Please don't live in a place of cynicism and melancholy for too long. Take the time to heal, and know that places exist that love and accept and know how special you are. And if you feel like they don't, you are filled with an infinite capacity to love enough to create those spaces.