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January 11, 2016

Two Kinds: Teachers Focused on Compliance vs. Relationships

If we want to combat the issues faced by students in oppressive environments, we need to do something radical and undo the damage from a system that failed them. We need to honor and cultivate their humanity.

January 08, 2016

This Is Not the 'Leadership' We're Looking For

If "teacher leadership" means seeking "innovative" ways to deny students knowledge, information, or history that is relevant for them in service of "compliance," I'm not interested and I'm running in the opposite direction.

November 24, 2015

Teaching Gratitude, Hope, and the Greatest Weapon: Joy

Those seeking to silence the voices of students and communities want us to lose hope. They want us to give up. We can't let that happen.

November 12, 2015

Whistling in the Dark

Teach so all students know they have a right to belong in this world and be accepted as individuals with equally powerful stories and futures.

November 09, 2015

Teach Your Students About Mizzou. Teach Them to Speak Up.

What obstacles do you think students of color or in low-income communities face when getting their voices heard?

November 04, 2015

The Mirror, Not the Measuring Stick: Treat Students With Respect

We are so quick to look at these students and see them as "not enough" or "defiant," that we run the risk of also failing to see them as human.

October 27, 2015

"Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely": Thoughts After Spring Valley High

Do we not want students to question? Don't we want them to stand up for themselves or seek the "why" to larger issues? Why, then, are we so afraid when they turn that critical eye onto us as their teachers?



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