How to Begin Your Journey to Become an Ally in the Battle for Social Justice
Like many of you, I am an educator who cares deeply about equity and I have worked hard to figure out what it means for educators to be allies in the
Our middle school ESL begins with the eighth graders arriving early at 1:25 pm. At 1:30, the seventh graders speed-walk in, followed by a burst of sixth graders who scramble to their seats. The students greet one another with daps and saludos in English and
Educational equity is about addressing a fundamental experience that has shaped our society—segregation. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education that schools in the United States needed to desegregate and begin integration of students. The Brown decision did set
On a cool October night, Mr. John and his staff called the students to take a seat around the campfire. The ingredients for s’mores were passed around as students reflected on the activities from the day.
Two months before the trip, Mr. John’s principal challenged her
This three-part blog series contains excerpts from the book Guiding Teams to Excellence With Equity. In chapter 1, author John Krownapple explores “the why” behind our need for excellence with equity, Cultural Proficiency, and culturally proficient facilitators of professional learning and organizational change.
Cultural Proficiency can
It’s 7:45am, and thirty-two 10th-graders slump into their seats for first period chemistry. The topic of the day—the period table—seems far removed from the students’ daily lives. “Some of my kids live day-to-day,” their teacher later told me. “And now they’re supposed to care about
This November, in the midst of a landmark election, we take a step back to remind ourselves of the ultimate priority in our schools: ensuring that every child receives an equitable education. As Equity editor Dan Alpert says, “Corwin believes that education is the primary
I entered my journey into a public education career through the arts. As a student at Berklee College of Music, I volunteer-taught classes in piano and electronic music composition to children and teens at the Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.
When I meet my students, they can see right away that I am a “white” teacher, and I can see that they are “black” and “brown” students. These are the first things we witness about one another. I wonder what the students assume about me
Teaching begins with knowing your students. Who are these young people in front of you? What do they bring to the classroom from their previous experiences, their community, their families, and their cultures? What do they need from me to further their aspirations?
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