Diversity

What Happened to the Dream?

  For purposeful and focused writing and deep, meaningful conversation, consider talking with your students and having them write about this January 16, 2017 New Yorker Magazine cover by Kadir Nelson, my all time favorite illustrator. What do you see? What does ii make you think of? What are Nelson and The New Yorker saying?…

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Anti-Racism Educational Network

I am so proud to be a part of this network of esteemed educators and social activists. Contact me for more info! http://www.earlychildhoodeducationassembly.com/anti-racism-educational-consultants-network.html

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The Three Questions

In Jon J Muth’s picture book entitled The Three Questions, a boy named Nikolai struggles with three important questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions,  is one of my favorite books…

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Lessons from Lusaka

“ What do you want for yourself from this trip to Zambia?” Paulette, my therapist asked me. After a brief pause, I answered. “To learn about myself. That’s it. The one thing I know to be true about me is that in order for me to delve more deeply into myself, to do the kind…

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Beyond Writing Prompts

What questions, ideas, conversations would this magazine cover spark? What kinds of connections might your students make? What kinds of writing might it fuel? What further reading? Research? Think text-dependent writing Think culturally relevant pedagogy Think critical thinking and analysis Let us know if you use this in your classroom and how it went. We’d love…

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Black History Month: Beyond the Biography

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. —Angela Davis As I’ve visited classrooms this month, teachers have pulled me aside, proudly showcasing their attempts to “celebrate” Black History month. What I have seen is the following: Read-alouds about famous African-Americans Black History research projects Pictures of famous African-Americans on bulletin boards…

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Teachable Moment: Acceptance

There has been a lot of money spent in our schools  on programs that are supposed to help us help our kids develop character. What I believe is that we have to demonstrate those traits in which we feel will best serve our children and our world. We have to believe that our kids have…

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Invisibility in Our Schools

Invisibleness. It doesn’t start with manhood or even adulthood. It starts in childhood. When our black and brown babies cross the thresholds of our schools. Yes, they’re there: flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and they might be said to possess a mind, but because people refuse to see them and I mean really see…

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