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White Privilege and the Power of Revision in Education

By |2020-06-04T16:54:01-04:00June 4th, 2020|Current Events in Education, History, Instruction & Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Social Justice|

My first honest conversation about white privilege came much too late in life.  I was a 40-something doctoral candidate taking a class on multicultural education with a dozen other white women.  Thankfully, the course was taught by the same (white) professor whose mantra became my own:  The more I learn, the less I know.  This [...]

Teaching Black Consciousness and White Privilege

By |2017-04-17T13:22:07-04:00April 17th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Featured, High School, Instruction & Curriculum, Social Justice|

One matter we have gotten over very quickly as a country is the notion, beginning in 2008 and carried throughout the Obama presidency, that we now live in a "post-racial" society.  The fact that an African American was twice-elected to the nation's highest office gave rise to the idea that racial discord can now be [...]

Ending White Supremacy is a White Educators’ Fight

By |2020-08-04T12:49:14-04:00August 4th, 2020|From the Front Lines|

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing something completely different. Every child has been fed, is well-rested, and wearing clean clothes. Your classroom is stocked with all the materials you and your students need. As you move through your day there is plenty of time for art, music, science, and history. There is no standardized [...]

An Open Letter to White Educators

By |2020-05-31T01:25:16-04:00May 31st, 2020|How to Fix Education, news, Responsive Classroom, School Improvement, Social Justice|

Trayvon Martin was killed on February 26, 2012. It has been eight years, and nothing has changed. Michael Brown was killed on August 9, 2014, preceding the Ferguson unrest that lasted weeks, and nothing has changed. Alton Sterling was killed on July 5, 2016, and nothing has changed. Stephon Clark was shot and killed on [...]

Opinion: An Open Letter to Teachers of Color Dealing with Guilt while Working at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI)

By |2020-06-01T00:55:11-04:00September 13th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|

Guest Writer: Jheanell Lumsden Dear Teacher of Color, You’re about to begin a new school year, and as a teacher of color, you know that our teaching experiences are vastly different from our white counterparts. Each academic year can feel like an even steeper uphill battle, and we may end up even more emotionally and [...]

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