Here’s How Schools Can Promote Racial Literacy

Color-blindness is out! The focused approach to race relations should be race-consciousness or racial literacy: the ability to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful encounters when they happen. People of color can face challenges regarding race, class, privilege, and power and often find themselves on the receiving end of harmful microaggressions — those subtle but painful race-based slights. … Continue reading Here’s How Schools Can Promote Racial Literacy

Why ALL Students Are “AT-RISK”

The label: "at risk" student.... What does this concept look like? Who does it look like, and  do we know when, where or how to make this determination? The term at-risk is often used to describe students or groups of students who are considered to have a higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of school. … Continue reading Why ALL Students Are “AT-RISK”

DIGITAL INNOVATION & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Harvard Family Research Project[HFRP], has discovered that there are programs out there that are taking family engagement to the next level. In fact, HFRP has an upcoming release of  Quilting Stories of Innovation in Family Engagement in which they have collected an array of success stories in family engagement practices and programs from around the country. A … Continue reading DIGITAL INNOVATION & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

A powerful letter: Would I die for my students?

Do read this: The eloquence of a pedagogue! A response to arming teachers.     Dear every elected official, Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn't have signed it. I love my job. I … Continue reading A powerful letter: Would I die for my students?

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How Concentrated Disadvantage Harms Children

  Here is a little[or a lot] of "food for thought":   Americans, by and large, live next door to people of the same race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Residential segregation by race remains high despite declines over the past several decades, and segregation by income is on the rise. Segregation by race or ethnicity and … Continue reading How Concentrated Disadvantage Harms Children

Here’s an Actionable Plan to Practice Self-Care

    This is a plan that you can use to plan your own self-care. Feel free to print and keep it close: PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF-CARE Sample Actions: I will practice speaking to myself with kindness. I will work on disempowering my saboteurs. I will keep an “I’m worth it!” sign on my desk. I will … Continue reading Here’s an Actionable Plan to Practice Self-Care

Teach for Tomorrow, not for Today!

....and no more teaching as we did yesterday. The subjects that we teach in k12 schools today almost mirror the subjects and content that was taught 'in the beginning'. What has certainly changed in public education is not only the populations served, but also changes in the world in which we live have brought demands … Continue reading Teach for Tomorrow, not for Today!