Change can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. As the new school year approaches, there is still lingering uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic and the devastation it has caused. Adding to this, civil unrest, mass shootings, and heightened trauma are still impacting our
Asset Mapping in the Classroom Opens the Heart
By George Perry and Tiffiny Shockley Jackson
The last two years have put stress on the systems and structures designed to advance racial equity. Healing from this stress requires us to strengthen our vision, systems and strategies. As we
There’s nothing like the first few weeks of school. It’s a time to reconnect, reimagine, and dream. But just like anything else, starting a new year requires planning and patience. An apt metaphor is the spring gardening season. We can’t wait to plant all of
It’s tough out there.
The threats against schools and teachers have never been more devastating. No school appears safe from mass shootings. Schools are redesigning their architecture to protect themselves against gun violence, and dress codes are being rewritten to prevent students from wearing body armor,
In identity safe classrooms, students’ social identities are validated. The Stanford Integrated Schools Project research in 84 diverse elementary classrooms demonstrated the effectiveness of identity safe practices. Results indicated that when students’ race, ethnicity, gender, and other social identities were considered assets rather than barriers