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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.

September 26, 2018

Breathe: Caring for Students and Ourselves in the Time of Kavanaugh

So, how do we manage? What do we do when consistently engaging in the difficult discussion about rape culture is hard on our hearts, but helpful for our students?

March 20, 2018

Fighting for Mirrors: Supporting Diverse Stories in Classrooms

I still remember the first time I read a piece of writing that felt like it truly understood me. I was a junior in high school.

January 10, 2018

The Vicious Cycle: When 'Control and Compliance' Means Teachers Too

'This is how it starts,' I thought to myself as I watched. 'This is how they start to silence us. They teach us to "control" our students, then they control us in the same way.'

August 12, 2017

The False Notion of 'History' as Past

The longer we live with the myth of racism or its tendrils as bygone ideas, the more we provide the tinder of complacency that allows fires of hatred to fly through our streets.

March 05, 2017

Standing in the Light: Supporting Our Immigrant Students

Our classrooms should be a place where they can shed their fearful cloaks, step into the light, and see us welcoming them with open arms.

February 03, 2017

'Learn From History!': Students Discuss the Muslim Ban

We have two jobs: create a space of safety, validation, and love for our students, and to teach them how to critically question power, advocate for themselves, and resist oppression.

March 13, 2016

Remember Those Others Forget: Title IX

I think women before me sacrificed so much and did not receive recognition, but created or planted seeds to make the future brighter for females.

February 25, 2016

Who Gets to Be a Storyteller?

As my students move through a media world that may try to tell them they don't exist, they don't matter, or their stories are only worth being the stereotypical B-plot of a sitcom, I want them to stare those assumptions in the face and say, "NO."

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