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February 26, 2016

Black History Month, Week 4: Tell Stories, Hear Stories, Find More Stories

Each Friday this month, I'll post some ideas, folks to follow, and blog pieces about Black history, the work Black teachers are doing and how they are engaging in this month with their students.

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."

February 05, 2016

Black History Month, Week 1: History That Cannot Be Silenced

Each Friday this month (or more), I'll post some ideas, folks to follow, and blog pieces about Black history, the work Black teachers are doing and how they are engaging in this month with their students.

February 04, 2016

Dear (White) Hollywood: Do Better By Teachers, Too

Students of color aren't here to be props on your television shows, conveniently placed so that an episode looks like it's set in 2016 and not an era when these jokes weren't tired.

January 26, 2016

Stop and Listen: Conversations About Race We Need to Have

Focusing only on individual pieces of policy often leads to a myopic debate that relegates important, systemic issues of race and class to the peripheral (if mentioned at all).

January 08, 2016

This Is Not the 'Leadership' We're Looking For

If "teacher leadership" means seeking "innovative" ways to deny students knowledge, information, or history that is relevant for them in service of "compliance," I'm not interested and I'm running in the opposite direction.

January 06, 2016

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: 3 Resolutions for Educators Seeking Equity

1. Create lessons devoted to social justice 2. Invite a community member 3. Talk Less, Smile More

December 29, 2015

The System Wasn't Built for Us

Our job is not to feed content to students. Our job is to prepare young people to dismantle systems that are currently failing them, as well as uplift the voices and ideas that showcase the best of their generation.

December 16, 2015

Even When the Path Is Hidden: Reading for Winter Break

When you internalize concepts of social justice and an understanding of cultural competence, your internal compass can begin to guide the work. This winter break, I'm committing solid time to recalibrate, retune, and refresh my practice.

December 08, 2015

Writing in Sacred Spaces

Writing became a means of expressing their environment rather than merely recording. The students used metaphors which reflected the landscape around them, and also their culture and teenage lives.

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