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Monday 14 November 2016

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin

A week ago, I was talking to my supervisor about how we can put the ideas in this book to work with the students in our program. Today, I got an email from my child's school district letting parents know that our students are talking about a walkout in response to the election. It leaves me more convinced than ever of how important the ideas in this book are. Students at all levels need to be heard and valued and supported in ways that honor their reality. To me, that means sometimes our biggest job as educators is to see our students and teach them that they can teach us, too. Because if they can change even just one mind, nothing can stop them. In For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the rest of Y'all Too, Emdin outlines a practical approach to learning ways of accomplishing exactly that.

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Wednesday 15 June 2016

Some Thoughts for LGBTQ Allies

I need to start by sending my love to those most immediately and deeply impacted by the the shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando. In this community, I include not only the immediate friends and loved ones of those murdered, but also the wider LGBTQ* community. Thoughts and prayers and words are simply not enough right now.

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Tuesday 21 January 2014

Creating Worlds, Constructing Meaning

I tend more toward New Year's Goals than resolutions. This year, I decided I wanted to read more books that inspire me. To that end, I give you my first book review of the year.

And this one is for the educators.

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Sunday 23 June 2013

Thoughts on Education

Not long ago, a friend of mine posted this link, from a group known as Reclaiming the Conversation on Education, on Facebook. Shortly before that, a friend of mine with a child entering Kindergarten in the Fall asked me for my take on our local public school system.

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Monday 21 January 2013

The Content of Their Character

"Mom, why did people used to treat Black people and White people differently?"

When my daughter asked me this, I slid right by the fact that she asked it in the past tense. She's young enough that detail would have muddied the answer.

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