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July 13, 2016

The Reparations I Owe: An Exponential Growth Model of Privilege

The experience of thinking about the reparations movement as a White home-owner begged the question: what role did White Privilege play in helping me...? I couldn't answer this question on my own, so I put it to my students.

June 16, 2016

Harvesting Love in Our Schools After the Orlando Shooting

A queer educator reflects on protecting and teaching LGBT students in light of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub. "Even though we cannot protect our students outside our schools' walls, when students leave, they are powerful. They move through the world, bodies loving and respecting the truths they hold and the truths of others. I hope educators see the paramount value in this and find transformative joy in facing these fears alongside their students."

June 15, 2016

The Opt-Out Debate: Parental Perspective

Two teachers respond to a parent's question about opting his child in or out of state standardized tests.

June 07, 2016

What Candidates Should be Saying about Education

It is time for a candidate to recognize that the most important factors in improving educational outcomes are to strengthen teaching and to improve the conditions in which learning takes place. Working toward the latter goal means returning to an era when we talked about smaller class sizes, improved access to materials and technology, as well as the creation or renovation of school buildings that provide safe, clean, and nurturing environments.

May 17, 2016

End of Year Action Plans: A Restorative Practice

By thinking strategically and proactively, we can implement systems which are sustainable and support healthy interactions in our communities. Restorative justice should focus on those things we are DOING -- not on what we choose not to do. How do you actively "wage justice" in this busy and stressful time of year?

April 25, 2016

What Training My Pit Bull Taught Me About Teaching

My experience training my pit bull, Jax, taught me valuable insights into the way we shape our students' choices and behavior.

March 22, 2016

On Unions and Gyms: A Teacher Works to Make Her Union Stronger

Readers of this blog know that I am a committed union leader and activist (see my perspective here, here, and here). Unionized teachers with a strong voice in shaping education policy represent our best chance to incorporate teachers' classroom-based knowledge into the decisions that directly impact...

March 10, 2016

Habit of Perspective and the Little Prince

Harvest Collegiate High School school has organized our curriculum around four Habits of Heart and three Habits of Heart which we believe "promote critical thinking and active responsibility." Each month in our group gatherings, we focus on a different habit...March's focus is the Habit of Perspective, in which we try to answer this question: How does this look differently from someone else's shoes?

February 09, 2016

Teachers Are Civil Rights Leaders: What We Can Do to Stop the Next Water Crisis

There is no easy or "quick" fix to this problem. However, we can begin by coming together across color lines, income lines, and boundary lines to ensure that all members of our community understand how to advocate for change and are fully experiencing the benefits of our constitution. I encourage teachers and those in the community with knowledge and political capital to begin to facilitate lessons to build the capacity of both students and parents.

January 21, 2016

An Open Letter to Teachers Fighting Fair Share Fees: Your Fight Will Hurt Students

In my last post, I asked folks on both sides of the debate on the Friedrichs Supreme Court case to consider part of the moral foundation that might be driving each other's beliefs. In this post, I will address concerns that I have about what could happen to students if those who would undermine established state laws are successful.

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