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February 11, 2017

For Black History Month, Study Black Voices Every Day

We may be an English class, but it's clear to me we need some history, too.

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.

November 19, 2016

Political Meets Personal: Post-Election Conversations in the Classroom

How much do I push back on this student, knowing my own opinion and biases will come into play?

November 13, 2016

Navigating the Days After the Election

Teaching is inherently political. We ask our students to think critically, to question existing systems, to imagine what might be better.

November 06, 2016

Place Matters, II: How Where We Live Affects Our World

Where we live not only affects culture and values but is also an instant determining factor in our access to nearly every resource and aspect of education.

October 10, 2016

The Full Picture: A Student Perspective on Ethnic Studies

You can never view yourself completely unbiased, and you can never view your culture or way of life completely unbiased. If you learn about other cultures, you might learn about the flaws in yours and try to help yourself and others around you and improve in a people as a whole.

October 06, 2016

Learning About Identity: A Student's Case for Ethnic Studies

Ethnicity has become a big controversy nowadays. Should ethnic studies be introduced in schools? Would this be beneficial for the students in the future?

October 04, 2016

The Importance of Culture

It'd be foolish to not educate high schoolers on things relevant to who they are, or the history and culture of the place they live

September 21, 2016

This Is Real: Building Empathy in Times of Trauma

I wonder if my students truly understand the emotional and traumatic impact these events can have on a community

September 09, 2016

Everyone's Fight: What the Pipeline Battle Reminds Us as Teachers

If we are still "teachers" after we leave school, are we willing to stand with the communities we serve even when their problems leave the school as well?

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