Tag Archives: racism

How Can We #Rethink Discipline?

On July 22, 2015 educators gathered at the White House to Rethink School Discipline.

“The conference sought to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.”

As I participated in the Twitter conversation #rethinkdiscipline, I began to think about ways we could avoid reaching the point where we have to suspend students.…

Social Justice in the Classroom: Teaching the New Jim Crow Curriculum

Social justice is a major topic of discussion due to high-profile news stories like the Michael Brown and Trevon Martin shootings, but there are countless other injustices that are readily available with a click of a button on Youtube. These common, daily discriminations are more noticeable to people of color in communities all over the country.…

Difficult Conversations about Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri

Hands upAugust, 2014: An unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer. Angry citizens marching in the streets. Violence from protesters and a militarized police force retaliating with more violence. It’s likely that your students have heard about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing events in Ferguson, Missouri, or that they saw it on TV or the internet.…