Person 1: “ Colored people are…”
Person 2: “Do you mean, people of color?”
Person 1: “Yeah, whatever.”
We’re sitting in a tight semi-circle in the middle of the room: 40 ninth graders and two teachers, for three hours of Humanities class. I’m co-teaching, as I have for more than two years, with Nadya. Today we’re talking microaggressions, and while it’s not our first time, it’s our first time focusing specifically on racial microaggressions. We started the day analyzing a variety of definitions of racism, looking for themes, and building our own definitions. Our students held this document in their laps, scribbling in the margins: racism is a system; it’s behavior; it requires power; it benefits some groups at the expense of others.
The new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) place much higher emphasis on the practices of science and engineering than have past sets of national science education standards. But how do we change teaching and learning in science so that students have real and deep opportunities to engage in these scientific practices? Shannon Bundy, Steve Crowley, and Nancy Keller - our Partner Teacher team in Winooski’s science department - are on the ground figuring that out.
In an effort to increase voter education about Burlington School Board Commissioners, The Partnership for Change and Channel 17/Town Meeting TV, asked all candidates to answer four (4) questions, each in 150 words or less. Their responses are published here, as submitted, with the permission of the candidates.
As the snow begins to fall, the iLab’s students are digging deeper into their projects. Students have spent the last few months researching their topics, reaching out to local experts, and getting used to the independent learning process. This year we have seen improvement in our student’s ability to lead their own learning process, and in their willingness and interest to seek out and work with the local community. Our increased focus on community connections has led to some awesome experiences so far this school year.