Posts Tagged: race

Let the Kids Take Care of It

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.

An Open Letter to our 9th Grade Students

 

Dear 9th Graders,

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, Ms. Bech and I came into class exhausted.  We had spent the night before staying up late to hear the non-indictment announcement in Ferguson.  We knew Tuesday’s lesson was about the justice system and conversations about race in America, but we had to figure out how to incorporate this latest news. Read more.

Working Together, We Can Do Better

Students from Burlington High School helped plan and facilitate intergenerational conversations on race and equity in our community last week at ECHO Lake and Aquarium Center. This event was co-sponsored by the Partnership for Change, Mayor Miro Weinberger, State Representative Kesha Ram, The Young Writers Project and other community partners.

New Community Based Learning Fellow

My experiences last year and my summer research and site visits have shown me that community based learning fosters the 3R’s: relationships, relevance and rigor. I look forward to continuing to learn more about how community based learning can help our communities create more of these authentic learning experiences for our students in the future.

Some straight talk on what actually ails education

Today, I was captivated by this address by Diane Ravitch, a professor at NYU and former education official under the first president Bush, speaking to an audience in Chicago.  She is currently a crusader against the pro-testing, anti-teacher, and anti-union ‘reformers’ in education. Read more.

Equity and the Partnership

On Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 4th, fellow Sarah Bertucci and I joined about 45 Burlington School District teachers for a workshop offered by the Washington Consulting Group on building cultural competence.

This was an incredibly valuable workshop in which we practiced looking at our organizations with race in mind. Read more.