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NYC & The Fight for Educational Equity educational equity equity social justice teachers Oct 09, 2021

The elimination of the NYC gifted and talented (GT) program is an important move in education to observe, because it sets an important precedent for the fight toward educational equity. The main issues, as reported, on why the GT program is harmful and inequitable, includes that it sustains...

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Nothing Can Steal My Joy reflection May 29, 2021

In 2016, at the Montessori for Social Justice Conference we delivered a keynote that focused on joy as a form of resistance. This was two years after the death of Philando Castile. That death rocked us. The conference was in the Minneapolis area. The Mississippi River runs through that city. The...

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Gifting Books & Making Them Fun book gifts books literacy picture books resources Mar 26, 2021

Sharing books with children is one of the best gifts we can offer. It builds relationships, literacy, and a love of learning, among other things. Sometimes turning the book gifts into something fun and active can be tricky. One time, a friend gifted my son the book Jabari Jumps...

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When We Strengthen Our Language, We Strengthen Our Culture csp indigenous indigenous people's day resources Oct 12, 2020

It is Indigenous People’s Day! We love to celebrate this day with education and resources because we know how under-represented and ignored these nations are in schools, curricula, and general U.S. society. For this year, we invited Trisha Moquino, member of Cochiti Pueblo, to join us in a...

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Five Tips for Creating Anti Racist Brave Spaces Via Distance Learning #antiracistedu antiracist antiracistedu csp distance learning education resources Sep 07, 2020

The main secret is that it doesn’t differ much from in-person teaching. You still need to do the personal anti bias and anti racist work required and these brave spaces will still require relationship-building. This entails going through your own peeling back of layers in terms of bias and...

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COVID Parenting Successes homeschooling parenting resources Jul 14, 2020

This post is not about bragging. We have had too many failures, but in the spirit of helpfulness and our own reflection, we wanted to share what has, in fact, been working for us.

We’ve learned our kids have more energy than an energy drink. We’ve also learned they need breaks from...

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What I Remember reflection May 07, 2020

I remember in 7th grade when one of my teachers, Mrs. B, did a terrible thing. My classmate was reading aloud. Slowly. Struggling through the lines. Working his way. Making gains. And doing it in front of all of us. You know what Mrs. B did? She blurted out, as he walked through the letters and...

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Whitening Our Students #antiracistedu #carbte #disrupttexts csp reflection Feb 22, 2020

There exists a movement among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color all around the world (basically wherever there was colonization) to Whiten our skin. The lure of the proximity to Whiteness as a privilege and as a means for survival is both real and not new. For those of us that can’t...

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More Than Words Can Describe csp ela poetry resources social emotional learning Dec 19, 2019

This blog post is straight from our classrooms!

From Roberto:

A couple of weeks ago, I used writing to promote some social-emotional learning with students while fostering community in the class. I used a picture from the New York Times publication titled “40 Intriguing Photos to Make...

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To say that you survived Colón and his heinous crew is the most powerful and amazing thing one can say. columbus day indigenous people's day reflection tainos Oct 14, 2019

Indigenous People’s Day is an important holiday and it also brings up many feelings… like anger, frustration, pain, and exhaustion. There are still so many that argue that Columbus was an “explorer” and that we must focus on “the good” of his...

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Unit: Fighting for Our Lives csp ela middle school resources social justice Sep 27, 2019

Young people are leaders of the future. They will be running this country, our institutions, and our lives, and yet, here they are fighting for their lives and ours. I’m speaking about both the earth/climate change issues, but also gun control, racism, and other matters. Young people have...

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EquitySpaceATX reflection Sep 21, 2019

One of the challenges of living in Austin, Texas is navigating the insistent gentrification taking place. It rips communities and takes your friends away. It forces potential friends to leave, too. 

Roberto and I have worked hard to intentionally find and develop friendships with...

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