9 Tips For Teaching Kindness in the Classroom


Today, teaching kindness strategies is more important than ever. Find strategies at http://www.pbs.org/education/blog/9-tips-for-teaching-kindness-in-the-classroom


Did You Know? Party City debuts line of Ramadan decorations


Very cool, read more at http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/15/news/companies/party-city-ramadan/index.html

A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching


It is always good to read up on new developments in the area of culturally responsive reaching. Find more at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept95/vol53/num01/A-Framework-for-Culturally-Responsive-Teaching.aspx

Is Labeling Disabeling?


What do you think? An interesting discussion at http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/are-student-labels-helpful-or-harmful/education

Cultural Responsiveness Starts in the Principal’s Office


Spend some quality time while reading this relevant article at https://www.competencyworks.org/equity/cultural-responsiveness-starts-in-the-principals-office/


Cultural responsiveness in schools starts at the top; it starts in the principal’s office. If school leaders are not attuned to the students walking the halls and sitting the classroom, students will never experience a truly personalized education. If school leaders are not attuned to the needs of students, teachers will not receive the supports needed to effectively personalize student learning. Principals must be about the same things we ask of teachers. Principals must lead from an informed, culturally responsive orientation to ensure success for all. Principals must align both word and deed to clearly see each student in the school and support the work necessary to achieve increased levels of student success. Culturally responsive leadership is paramount in schools working with marginalized groups because it ensures that the inherent barriers to these students’ academic progress are addressed (Benson & Ellison, 2017). Cultural responsiveness rides the coattails of principal leadership in our schools. We must be about this work – this culturally responsive work – for the sake and success of our students.

Strategies for Easing ESL Transition Shock


Create a culturally emotionally responsive school environment. More at https://www.edutopia.org/article/strategies-easing-transition-shock

To All Who Teach, How Do We Educate in the Midst of So Much Hate? (POEM)


Reblogged from http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/08/08/howdoweeducatepoem/

As students enter our school gates
During a time of blatant hate
In these united states
How will we educate?

Will we perpetuate divides
by continuing to institutionalize
disparities in educational opportunities
rooted in systemic policies
from academic profiling
to differential policing
and curriculum tracking

Will we emphasize reading, writing and arithmetic
Ignoring the environment and the campus climate
Overlooking societal realities
Forgetting about students and their families

Will we stay silent
Claiming neutrality, rationality and objectivity
Fueling complacency
Implicitly condoning a pattern of othering

Will we unpack lies
that stigmatize, criminalize and dehumanize
That materialize in the devastation of lives
Will we deconstruct prevailing ideologies
such as myths of meritocracy
ideas of biological and cultural deficiencies
Justifying centuries of hierarchies
That persist in massive inequalities

Will we foster rigorous reflection
Geared toward liberation
Rather than rabid competition
That assumes it’s all about the win
and material consumption

Will we encourage questioning
and deep listening, especially of the voices most often missing
Instilling a yearning for more learning
Instead of encouraging passive consuming
through memorizing and standardized testing/

Will we create a space of affirmation
Not ignorance or even tolerance
But one where multiple identities
such as race, class, gender, abilities and sexualities
are not erased
nor expected to assimilate

Will we think and act collectively
For the public good
and not simply individually
Realizing that we are stronger in unity

I ask this of us all
How will we rebuild this fall


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