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July 28, 2019

Toward Love: Honoring Indigenous Land in Our Classrooms

The stereotypes of the "giving Indian" or the "aloha spirit" as a mask to ignore the very real issues these communities face are things we must actively combat in our minds and our classrooms.

July 14, 2019

Silence Will Not Save Us: Why We Cannot Ignore Students' Experiences

No space is truly safe if it does not reckon with the complete and total experience and existence our kids face each day.

May 28, 2019

No One Sings the Blues Like Charlie Patton's Sister

We must give students the power to explore and share their stories and broadcast them, record them, so we don't unfairly distort the truth of who they or we are.

May 20, 2019

The Hate We Create; The Hate We Ignore

It's on educators to consciously choose to work on our implicit and explicit biases to start undoing the systemic oppression that has led us here. In doing so, we can help our students hopefully create a world much more loving, inclusive, and safe than the one we've created for them now.

May 17, 2019

Why You Really, Absolutely Shouldn't Change the English Curriculum

We study literature in order to help our students, the future generations, develop their values and morals and better understand the world.

April 16, 2019

The Power of Words: On "Classics" and "Canon"

This work must be led by those who have been historically oppressed, and if I want to support them, that means I must work to explore their writing and show my students just how powerful those voices are.

March 28, 2019

3 Small(er) Changes for a More Socially Conscious Classroom

Teaching with a socially conscious lens is not easy, nor does it happen overnight. There are some small steps you can take, though, to move you in the right direction.

March 04, 2019

Student Perspective: The True Meaning of Aloha

"Aloha" isn't just a greeting; in a way it is their way of life, and when you distort that sacred word, you distort their way of life.

February 25, 2019

Social-Emotional Learning Won't Happen Without a Culturally Relevant Start

Educators engaging in emotion-talk with students can encounter obvious barriers when not taking the individual's cultural background into account.

February 18, 2019

Unheard Voices: Recentering Discussions in the Classroom

There are some meaningful and important ways we can recenter power in our students' critical thinking.

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