About LaToya Morrison

LaToya Morrison is an ELA Secondary Instructional Coach in Austin, Texas. Previous to this position, she taught middle school ELA (grades 6-9) for 10 years in Fort Worth and Round Rock ISD. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2008 at William James Middle School and 2013 at the Young Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. She holds a bachelor of science degree in middle school education from Texas Wesleyan University, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. LaToya also blogs on Medium about student engagement, culturally responsive practices, and high-yielding instructional strategies. Follow her musings by visiting https://medium.com/@latoya_morrison.

Opinion: Watch Your Tone, Fix Your Face, and Other Unspoken Rules for Educators of Color

"Mrs. Morrison, you're going to be such an anomaly when you go to your interviews. They'll snap you right up!" Harmless statement? Encouraging? I beg to differ. To the outside world this comment may have seemed innocuous, but to me, a Black educator, I knew what it really meant. So, let's unpack this, shall we? [...]

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Forget Allies and Advocates, I Needed an Activist

We (educators) like to think that we're advocates for students. I've even been guilty myself of living in the nobleness of the word. However, as our current climate (societal and educational) continues to toil with inclusivity and what it means to be responsive to ALL, I grow impatient with our "nobleness." Case in point, social [...]

Microaggressions to Misbehavior: How School to Prison Pipeline Begins

  Wow, I'm surprised he did so well on the test.  He's not ghetto like those other boys. She's so loud. They don't care. They can't read. They're just lazy.  Microaggression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a [...]