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Pronouns: The Least We Can Do for Students Who Identify As Transgender or Non-Binary

Discomfort For Solidarity  In a recent staff equity meeting, the concept of staff responsibility in gender pronouns came up. It seemed that everyone there had at least one student who used pronouns that didn’t necessarily align with the sex they were assigned at birth. And, they all fully supported the importance of honoring student’s pronouns  [...]

Teachers, If You Can’t Tell the Truth, You Might Need a Different Job

What Is “Too Political,” Anyway?  There has always been a political line in the classroom, though its definition is becoming increasingly obscure.  In 2008, I remember asking my teacher who they voted for, and they demurred, saying it wasn’t their place to say. That’s what I thought teachers were supposed to do.  And in some [...]

Are Teachers of Color Valued in School Districts?

  “I hope I can show The Outsiders movie virtually through zoom this year!”  Teacher A remarked at the meeting. “I know, that is the highlight of our kids' year; they absolutely love reading this book and watching the movie,'' Teacher B replied. My two colleagues (white females) discussed a book read by our middle [...]

America’s Reckoning: How Will Teachers Go Into Their Classrooms Tomorrow?

“How do we teach kids about this tomorrow?” This seems to be the question every American social studies teacher is asking themselves this evening, clutching the notion of the American republic in their hands like a broken teacup. As America continues to be ripped in two from its seams to its soul, we have, over [...]

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