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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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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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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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Is my school welcoming to People of Color? anti-racist schools csp inclusive reflection resources welcoming Aug 07, 2019

I recently read Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy. I can’t stop talking about it. It was powerful, raw, beautiful, impactful, and heavy. (Pun intended!) One of the moments he narrates is about an incident that happened to him as a college professor. He was the only Black male professor...

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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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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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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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Takin’ On the Hard Topics csp Oct 31, 2016

Recently, I wrote a response to the Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q & A blog question: What are good strategies teachers can use when exploring “controversial” topics? Since my courses are infused with what folks consider to be controversial topics, this was somewhat...

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Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird csp reflection resources Oct 01, 2016
I’ve taught 9th grade for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that they are young, ready, willing, and needing of a space to be themselves. Since I began working with a predominantly white student body, I have tweaked my approach to teaching from an anti-bias/anti-racist lens to...
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