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August 29, 2018

The One Word That Changes Everything About Teaching and Learning

If we do not build an infrastructure around the inherent worth of black and brown students, which will benefit all students, how can they be assured of receiving a quality education?

July 25, 2018

Mirrors and Windows: Being Best For Kids From the Inside Out

If we do not own our role, we cannot create the change.

June 29, 2018

Ready, Set, Grow: Setting Up Your Next Year Right Now

If we cannot own our contribution to students' underperformance, we cannot change our agency in providing better outcomes for the students waiting for us in September.

May 03, 2018

The Four Components of an Equitable Classroom

The equitable classroom is a classroom that is connected to the lives of black and brown students, Where there is no equity, there is not a jagged and at times circular path forward, but just a flat, one-size fits none learning experience that is facilitated by a novice in content and does not take into account the needs and opportunities for scaffolding and enrichment inherent in our children.

April 11, 2018

Breaking the Class Ceiling: Teaching for Mastery and Enrichment

Teachers have the power to change the instructional culture of the classroom so that students get used to a quality learning experience that they do not have to pay for, benefit from and recommend to other people.

March 22, 2018

Spark Equity in Your Building With These Six Experiences

If all of this conversation does not lead to action, then it is for naught. Actions have to follow our words, or our words will be the epitaphs that children can write on their failed educational careers—"at least they talked about helping us."

March 09, 2018

When It Comes to Equity, Expertise Matters

we cannot practice equity principles without first shifting our approach to building expertise in content, curricula and children.

February 22, 2018

The Schools We Need for the Children We Love

How we expect black and brown children to behave, perform and persist through trauma has to change.

February 09, 2018

How Do You Create a Culture of Equity? Start With Ethics

Just as there were shifts in teaching that were brought on by the adoption of the Common Core, there are shifts that need to take place in our school communities in order to cultivate an environment of equity where the practices are not superficial—but deep and purposeful.

January 25, 2018

It's All About the Process: Three Ways to Build Academic Muscle Within Students

In that vein, teachers can best partner with students to build academic muscle by knowing their content well, preparing lessons with multiple opportunities for students to create and revise meaning as well as assessing, giving feedback and then re-assessing student work (within the lesson).

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