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March 12, 2018

It's Time to Make It Clear Where You Stand on Race and Equity in Schools

"If I had had teachers of color as a student . . . I would have been more unequivocal in explaining why "All Lives Matter" is a perfunctory, misguided rebuttal to "Black Lives Matter."

February 26, 2018

When White Teachers Avoid Conversations About Race, We Marginalize Students of Color

When you teach in a predominantly White community, conversations about race can be uncomfortable, even in professional settings. While we may feel we are being polite or even respectful, the truth is that we White teachers often lack the courage to include race in critical conversations about student performance.

February 21, 2018

Someone Like Me: How One State Teacher of the Year Moved From Bias to Equity Literacy

I had to situate this seemingly small act of bias in a larger socio-political context. It was my responsibility to acknowledge the impact of my action and make intentional efforts to provide a counter narrative not only for Mohamed, but to every child in my classroom.

February 19, 2018

Teaching Means Witnessing Small Acts of Humanity All the Time

That is why I am in love with teaching. Working with young people means that I get to witness these small acts of brilliant humanity all the time. I get to continually be inspired and challenged and amazed. I get to watch as students transform themselves into people who will change the world.

February 14, 2018

Some Kids Dare You to Teach Them

Every teacher gets a moment when they face one kid or a hundred kids just like Damion. It's in these moments your core beliefs are challenged and revealed.

February 13, 2018

Even on the Most Hectic Days, Being a Teacher Is Amazing

Carissa told me that she had not been completely honest about why she was calling me. She did not have a paper to write and did not need to ask me any questions. Instead, she wanted to see my honest reaction as she read a letter aloud that she had written to me.

February 05, 2018

To Achieve Equity in My Classroom, I Had to Check My Own Bias at the Door

Equity in education today is more than just the availability of an education; it's recognizing the fact that some students require more support than others to reach their academic potential.

January 09, 2018

Learning With Students From Other Cultures Is a Key to Progress in Our Global Society

We live in interesting times. As our global society struggles to navigate problems brought about by fear and misunderstanding of those who are different, we have unprecedented access to tools that make connecting and learning with others easier than ever before.

December 10, 2017

When It Comes to Advanced Coursework, Equity Is Access

Around the nation students of color and low-income students are underrepresented in accelerated courses; this is a long-term driver and consequence of societal inequality.

November 27, 2017

Your Gift to New Teachers Is to Help Them Navigate the Holiday Hustle

It is so important for schools who want to retain talent to think critically about the needs of their novice teachers - they must think beyond new teacher training at the beginning of the year. As we approach the first extended break, why not initiate a check-in with new teachers that can provide exactly what they need (but likely won't ask for)?

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