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.
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December 29, 2015
December 16, 2015
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 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.
December 01, 2015
We need to teach kids to build movements, not just seek moments. Instead of giving our students permission to wait and be saved by some superhuman, we need to give our students the tools and skills to see themselves as movement-makers.
November 20, 2015
Even though someone is from some part of the world with whatever going on there, you shouldn't look at them differently.
November 09, 2015
What obstacles do you think students of color or in low-income communities face when getting their voices heard?
November 04, 2015
We are so quick to look at these students and see them as "not enough" or "defiant," that we run the risk of also failing to see them as human.
October 27, 2015
Do we not want students to question? Don't we want them to stand up for themselves or seek the "why" to larger issues? Why, then, are we so afraid when they turn that critical eye onto us as their teachers?
October 21, 2015
Teachers and parents who call out the not-quite-truths we tell children understand that this matters not only because we should be honest with students, but because the stories we tell about each other matter. They affect the way students understand themselves, their families, their communities, and their potential.
October 14, 2015
When we call for culturally-responsive education as part of teacher preparation, it's not because it will increase test scores or because it's what's trendy in education. It's because we know that being responsive to and inclusive of a students' culture is a sign of love for the students themselves.