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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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The Search for Home: Day Two at the People of Color Conference

12/9/2016 I’ve been thinking all week about the distinction between inclusivity and belonging.  As Kapono Ciotti put it in our pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, we’ve shifted our thinking significantly over the last few decades, and our language has had to shift as well.  We started with tolerance–a word I personally hate because it suggests we only …

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Unpacking the Why: Day One at the People of Color Conference

12/8/2016 In our pre-conference session yesterday, Kapono Ciotti and I shared an interview I did with a young woman I mentored starting at the end of her 5th grade year, when she was given a scholarship to the independent school where I taught.  A Mexican-American raised by a single mother from the state of Durango, …

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Student Products: Engaging to Stop Ebola in Sierra Leone

12/14/2014 I am excited to share two new products from students in the United States who have been working closely with Hindogbae and the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom in Sierra Leone.  Both of these schools work closely with World Leadership School on their global initiatives.  Congratulations to all on these inspiring student-driven products!Town School for Boys (San Francisco, California) has …

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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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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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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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