Category Archives: education

Evergreen: Authority Figures MUST Train to DeEscalate

As I’ve written before, I get it. I really, really do. Being in a position of authority, especially with teens is a constant tension. All day you get pushback and challenges, some are good-natured, some are intensely hurtful and personal, … Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin’s Call to Action is On US

The Oscar-nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, is a must-see. You can stop reading now and just get to the nearest theater today. I was lucky to be at the Montclair Film Festival and Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence sponsored … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Doesn’t Know Who Frederick Douglass Is. Happy Black History Month!

I’m not making this up. Click here. Maybe our Electorally Elected POTUS without a mandate doesn’t know who Frederick Douglass is (or the other totally unknown and obscure people like Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks…) because Douglass dissented loudly and … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos is Unqualified – Public Education is Worth Fighting For

For the last several years, I have spent my fall supervising (consoling, supporting, commiserating, listening to, advising, crying with, laughing with, critiquing, boosting, hugging) student teachers. They have been an amazing, diverse, and skilled group. We need young people to … Continue reading

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Complacency = Complicity; Don’t Stand Idly By

If you aren’t condemning what is happening, if you aren’t paying attention, if you are shrugging because you aren’t (yet) personally affected, you are complicit. No matter who you voted or didn’t vote for, don’t waste time with finger pointing … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Life Lessons from Read Alouds

I found this on my child’s 1st grade classroom wall today. It seems to me that adults need more Read Alouds from which to learn Life Lessons. Which stories would you read aloud to the adults in your life, and … Continue reading

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Effie Lee Newsome: The Bronze Legacy #BHM

  Effie Lee Newsome probably isn’t the first name that pops up when discussing Harlem Renaissance writers or illustrators, but she was a part of many and varied projects in the first half of the 20th Century. I chose Effie Lee … Continue reading

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Happy Tenth Birthday, First Second! #10yearsof01

In my home, we dove feet first into graphic novels when the kids first started reading on their own. Even before that, our home had many graphic novels in the bookshelves — everything from King Lear to Persepolis to Maus. My … Continue reading

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February Read: Three Out of #1000BlackGirlBooks

Every publication from Vibe to Jezebel is talking about Marley Dias, the 11-year old New Jersey girl who is holding a book drive for 1000 books with Black female protagonists. No stranger to activism, Marley is clearly a DO person, not a … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Butterfly Counting

UPDATE: Congrats to Kenitra, who won the book! I recently reviewed several great books for younger readers at the website Vegbooks. One of my favorites was a gorgeous counting book from Charlesbridge Publishing called BUTTERFLY COUNTING. You can read the … Continue reading

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