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Language & Liberation: A Unit of Study csp resources Aug 05, 2018

I work toward welcoming marginalized voices into my classroom while moving my students toward a stance grounded in love and freedom. As a student, I never encountered a curriculum that did that. When I first became an educator, I struggled to find examples of curricula or lessons that effectively...

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There is No Apolitical Classroom @ ILA csp resources video Jul 23, 2018

Lorena German and fellow educator, Jazmen Moore, presented at the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) conference in Austin, TX this past weekend (July 2018). They were there on behalf of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Their session:...

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Beautiful Blackness Typography arts & literacy black history month black lives matter blackness spoken word video Jul 07, 2018

We all learn in multiple ways. Besides being an auditory learner, I am also a visual learner. Coming off the heels of the Montessori For Social Justice Conference where I performed the spoken word poem BEAUTIFUL BLACKNESS, I figured it would be worthwhile to complement it with a...

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Montessori for Social Justice Conference csp joy social justice Jul 03, 2018
WE SPENT THIS LAST WEEKEND OF JUNE 2018 IN ST. PAUL, MN AT THE MONTESSORI FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE.

Wow! What a powerful conference. What a powerful group of people working together to change Montessori and all other educational spaces. What a radical and justice-oriented community...

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Losing My Breath reflection Jun 18, 2018

Growing up an immigrant of color in the U.S. can be full of challenges and trauma.

My family came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in the late 80s. I was four. While I was born there and have dual citizenship, and can’t deny the island breeze in my veins, I’m also very...

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Talking to Your Kids About Race resources video May 12, 2018

Dear parents,

Who better to teach your children about race than you? Yet, to best educate your children means you have to be committed to educating yourself. The resources are plentiful and we would be wise to utilize them because our children are learning about race whether we teach them or not....

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TwitterLove&Magic csp resources Apr 18, 2018

The Intersection of Rhetorics and Justice: An IB unit of study

When teaching about historically marginalized and oppressed communities, that’s usually what students understand: we are in pain, in sorrow, and are oppressed. While there is accuracy to that due to systemic oppression, we often...

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Beautiful Blackness arts & literacy black history month blackness poetry video Feb 25, 2018

In honor of Black History Month, Roberto performed a poem entitled “Beautiful Blackness” and blew us all away! The words are below and a viewer’s recording included here, also.

BEAUTIFUL BLACKNESS

Sweet juice drips from the BLACKberry on full lips

Adding to our fullness

And...

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What is Your Baby Reading? books resources Dec 13, 2017

Children love books and storytelling. As parents, it’s a go-to activity. In my home, my almost-3-year-old reads on her own even though she doesn’t know how to read. She loves looking at the pictures and will read for 30 minutes all by herself! I love watching her eyes scan the page,...

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