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December 01, 2015

More Than Moments: Teach the Full Story of Activists

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

More Than Maps: Don't Judge Where I'm From

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

Teach Your Students About Mizzou. Teach Them to Speak Up.

What obstacles do you think students of color or in low-income communities face when getting their voices heard?

November 04, 2015

The Mirror, Not the Measuring Stick: Treat Students With Respect

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

"Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely": Thoughts After Spring Valley High

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

The Stories They Tell Us: Keeping History Honest

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

What Am I Doing Here?: Culturally Responsive Education as a Sign of Love

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.

October 05, 2015

You Have Everything You Need Already: What #GraceLeeTaughtMe

Ultimately, #GraceLeeTaughtMe that we have everything we need already, within us. The communities we serve have all the brilliance they need. We merely need to rake away decades of oppression and release the tethers of systemic injustice to allow it "create the world anew."

September 29, 2015

The Language of Power

When we use the term "minority," we continue to use the language of disempowerment to refer to students, teachers, and communities of color.

September 21, 2015

The Important Nuance Between 'Coddling' and 'Caring'

"Coddling" my students would be running away from the conversation altogether. Caring about them means creating a space where we can have these difficult, frank discussions in a way that still allows them to feel safe, validated and empowered, even when we disagree.

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