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Lead Racism Out of Your School

Racism is like water. When racism finds a way in, it seeps into every opening it can find. Does racism exist in your school? If you said no, then dig deeper because you're probably missing something. If you answered yes, what are you doing to lead racism out of your school? Racism in schools is [...]

Lets Change the Conversation Around Defunding Education and the Police

As a teacher listening to calls to defund the police, my first reaction is to shrug and revel that someone else is feeling the misery of being expendable at budget time.  Why should I suffer alone?  That is a short-sighted view of the movement to defund the police.  It’s not a movement to harm police.  [...]

Preparing for a Long Journey of Anti-Racist Teaching

A Wake Up Call for White People The past two weeks have been a time of widespread racial awakening for many white people, including teachers. I have had several friends say to me, “I feel terrible for not doing more earlier.” I am personally very familiar with this feeling of shame. Although I’ve been lucky [...]

I am a White Social Studies Teacher, and I am a Coward

For three consecutive Black History Months, I have picked up and then quickly put down the Black Lives Matter at Schools resources.  Why? Because I was scared.  I was worried that my white colleagues might think of me as radical. I was concerned that white students would grow uncomfortable and declare "that all lives mattered." I fretted over the [...]

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