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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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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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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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Living in a Shared World: The People of Color Conference

12/8/2013 This is the world I want to live in. The shared world… This can still happen anywhere. Not everything is lost. –Naomi Shihab Nye Each December, I beg, borrow and coerce my way back into the People of Color Conference, no matter what the personal cost.  While most conferences feed the brain, the PoCC, run …

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