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February 18, 2016

Do Not Mistake the Quiet for Apathy

The mistake we make is believing that there is a singular "culture" in my classroom. We fall into the easy idea that once I've gained a handle on "culture," I sudden know everything about and can teach to the specific needs of all my students.

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 19, 2016

OBSESSION: COLLEGE

Not all students think that way. There are so many different people who go to school, and so many factors that could affect a student's thought process and reasoning. This prevents every person being able to fit into the same mold.

January 11, 2016

Two Kinds: Teachers Focused on Compliance vs. Relationships

If we want to combat the issues faced by students in oppressive environments, we need to do something radical and undo the damage from a system that failed them. We need to honor and cultivate their humanity.

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.

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