Diversity And Inclusivity

Life Inside the Mirror: Reflections on the 2015 People of Color Conference

12/17/2015 “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”   –Franklin D. Roosevelt Several of my friends had babies in the last year, and at the People of Color Conference this December I found myself wondering more than ever what sort of world they will grow …

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Ebola in Bumpe: Connect Your School to Real Grassroots Action

10/18/2014 “Great social forces are the accumulation of individual actions.  Let the future say of our generation that we sent forth mighty currents of hope, and that we worked together to heal the world.”  —Jeffrey D. Sachs Whatever your views on the Ebola scare as it’s manifesting itself inside of North America, there’s no question that …

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Adventures in Student-Centered Learning: Working with Teachers in Sierra Leone

4/16/2014 “So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”  –Adrienne RichA rusty metal car bumper hung from a tree next to the primary school; each morning, I was woken up between 5:00 and 6:00 am by some diligent community time keeper …

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Grappling with Women’s Rights in Sierra Leone

3/25/2014 “A woman is like a ball; once a ball is thrown, no one can predict where it will bounce. You have no control over where it rolls, and even less over who gets it.” –Mariama Ba It’s interesting how long I’ve held strong opinions about global women’s rights without ever really confronting the realities …

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Global Partnerships: Strategies for Connecting your Classroom with the World

1/5/2014 From National Geographic’s 2013 Year in Review “…it is quite enough if [educational exchange] contributes to the feeling of a common humanity, to an emotional awareness that other countries are populated not by doctrines that we fear but by people with the same capacity for pleasure and pain, for cruelty and kindness, as the …

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Marxism, Borgs, and Project-Based Learning: A Response

11/6/2013 This blog is dedicated, with my deep appreciation and respect, to the (socialist) teachers of Edmonton, Canada–thank you for helping to recharge my batteries, for reminding me that adultscan learn, and for helping me find the courage to post this response. I learned recently that Project-Based Learning (PBL) is apparently a Marxist conspiracy to develop …

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Transforming Teachers, Transforming Classrooms: Driving School Change through Professional Development Travel

2/24/2013 A French-Canadian teacher navigates Quechua in Patacancha, Peru As teachers, we spend the bulk of our careers playing the expert, whether we want to or not.  It makes perfect sense–we need our students to see us as people whoalready know and therefore have something to teach, and that expert persona often becomes the key to disciplining …

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Fostering Global Leadership: The Patiently Impatient Path to Change

1/13/2013 “There could be no creativity without the curiosity that moves us and sets us patiently impatient before a world that we did not make, to add to it something of our own making.” —Paulo Freire Every communication I receive from Joseph Hindogbae “Hindo” Kposowa begins the same way: “Dear Aunty Jeni.”  It started almost …

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Portrait of an Outsider: Lamentations on Growing Up Jewish in the American Melting Pot

12/27/2012 This satirical piece was written for my mother in 2004; I’m sharing it again now because the People of Color Conference and the holiday season inspired me to reexamine where I come from. Bring me your tired, your poor  Your huddled masses yearning to be free The wretched refuse of your teeming shores The …

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Creating the Conditions for Accidental Learnings: Dialogue with Syrians, Palestinians, Canadians…and Wookies

11/4/2012 This fall, I was honored to be part of another multi-point video conference on the Middle East in Transition for Global Encounters, a series being offered to schools through a partnership between the Centre for Global Education, TakingITGlobal, and the Research Journalism Initiative.  The two-session series included a curriculum for classroom and asynchronous homework activities, which we’d spent …

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