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Writing the Narrative Ourselves: Final Reflections on the 2016 People of Color Conference

12/11/2016 “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” ― Chinua Achebe I find it interesting how often we heard the word “narrative” at the People of Color Conference this year and were invited to reverse it, shift it, and claim a new narrative in our schools.  …

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Waiting to Exhale: Coming Home to the People of Color Conference

12/2/2016 “Walls turned sideways are bridges.” –Angela Davis I realized the other day that I’ve barely breathed since 2am on Wednesday, November 9th. That panicked, tight feeling in my chest and stomach hasn’t left since I woke up in a haze and realized what happened. I haven’t taken a deep breath, haven’t cried or exhaled …

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Language Matters in Education: Putting Vigor over Rigor

9/11/2016 This will be the first in an ongoing blog series on key language and learning distinctions that really matter when we’re crafting high-quality, student-centered experiences for our students.I’ve been a language nerd since I first started to accumulate a vocabulary in early childhood, and I believe that the words we choose always matter.  In …

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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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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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Humanizing the World through the Creative Arts: The WORDshop and an Argument for Art’s Sake

5/20/2013 “COMMONSENSE HAS TRAMPLED DOWN MANY A GENTLE GENIUS WHOSE EYES HAD DELIGHTED IN SOME TOO EARLY MOONBEAM OF SOME TOO EARLY TRUTH… COMMONSENSE AT ITS WORST IS SENSE MADE COMMON, AND SO EVERYTHING IS COMFORTABLY CHEAPENED BY ITS TOUCH.  COMMONSENSE IS SQUARE WHEREAS ALL THE MOST ESSENTIAL VISIONS AND VALUES OF LIFE ARE BEAUTIFULLY …

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Favorite #GlobalEd Resources this Week

3/8/2013 Excellent resources for globally-minded educators cross my desk fairly often these days, so I’m going to make an effort to share my favorites every few weeks.  This week, I’d like to share three new favorites. #1:  Barefoot World Atlas is an incredible application for elementary-age students to explore the world.  While it is only available for …

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Boycott the Test: Why It’s Time for Teachers to Take Back Education

2/4/2013 “Everybody is born with innate curiosities.  It’s a school’s job to cultivate them and not to kill them.” –Nikhil Goyal I have tried to resist the temptation to use this blog as a soapbox to shout from–and those of you who know me personally know that I have in fact been controlling myself.  But I can’t remain …

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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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