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Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

I recently read Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy. I can’t stop talking about it. It was powerful, raw, beautiful, impactful, and heavy. (Pun intended!) One of the moments he narrates is about an incident that happened to him as a college professor. He was the only Black male professor in a predominantly white institution. He pushed… Read more

What are you reading this summer?

What are you reading this summer?

Too often teachers aren’t readers. Too often we want our students to read and to be intrinsically motivated to learn… but we aren’t doing it ourselves. If that’s you, then I invite you to consider changing that this summer. Deciding on what to read can be quite challenging, though, considering how there is so much… Read more

Language & Liberation: A Unit of Study

Language & Liberation: A Unit of Study

I work toward welcoming marginalized voices into my classroom while moving my students toward a stance grounded in love and freedom. As a student, I never encountered a curriculum that did that. When I first became an educator, I struggled to find examples of curricula or lessons that effectively and respectfully welcomed these voices. I… Read more

There is No Apolitical Classroom @ ILA

There is No Apolitical Classroom @ ILA

Lorena German and fellow educator, Jazmen Moore, presented at the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) conference in Austin, TX this past weekend (July 2018). They were there on behalf of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Their session: There is No Apolitical Classroom, focused on the work of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias… Read more

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Talking to Your Kids About Race

Dear parents, Who better to teach your children about race than you? Yet, to best educate your children that means you have to be committed to educating yourself. The resources are plentiful and we would be wise to utilize them because our children are learning about race whether we teach them or not. They are… Read more

TwitterLove&Magic

TwitterLove&Magic

The Intersection of Rhetorics and Justice: an IB unit of study When teaching about historically marginalized and oppressed communities, that’s usually what students understand: we are in pain, in sorrow, and are oppressed. While there is accuracy to that due to systemic oppression, we often end up leaving out the ways that we are more… Read more

What is Your Baby Reading?

What is Your Baby Reading?

Children love books and storytelling. As parents, it’s a go-to activity. In my home, my almost-3 year old reads on her own even though she doesn’t know how to read. She loves looking at the pictures and will read for 30 minutes all by herself! I love watching her eyes scan the page, go back… Read more

A Lesson on the N-Word

A Lesson on the N-Word

You can’t teach the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and not discuss the n-word. Ignoring it is irresponsible. So, how does a teacher engage her class in a discussion around this very controversial and complicated word?  My current teaching context is a small independent school with a predominantly white student body. In this post, I’m thinking… Read more

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

I’ve taught 9th grade for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that they are young, ready, wiling, and needing of a space to be themselves. Since I began working with a predominantly white student body, I have tweaked my approach to teaching from an anti-bias/anti-racist lens to meet the needs of the learners… Read more

Goodies

Goodies

This is an ever-growing list of resources we recommend. They can help to develop a theoretical framework from which to operate in order to successfully create safe and inclusive classroom spaces for students. Articles Jackson, Karen Keaton. “Chapter 9: The Power of Their Texts by David E. Kirkland.” Closing the Gap English Educators Address the Tensions… Read more