Take 18% Off Your Dream In STEAM Box!

Do your kids/students love science? Are you looking for a new way to introduce STEM/STEAM related concepts in a fun, engaging, and affordable way? Continue reading “Take 18% Off Your Dream In STEAM Box!”

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Black Excellence

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Khalilah received her Masters of Education in Secondary English & her Masters of Educational Leadership from Long Island University. She is the founder of CREAD: Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora with the mission of supporting teachers, parents & community members in ensuring the positive racial identity development through education of young people of the diaspora. She is also the co-founder of Decolonizing Education Publishing, Khalilah considers herself a cultural ambassador, producer, & researcher. She works across the country as an anti racist & educational equity coach, curriculum developer, & consultant.

Shifting the Conversation Away from Thanksgiving

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Kathy Lebron is a former Social Action Teacher and School Culture Coach with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the Hunter College School of Education. She is a lover of education, social liberation and travel. She developed a social justice and culturally responsive curriculum for elementary students and her goal is to help educators, families and students use education as a vehicle to produce transformational social change for all people.

A Seat at the Table: Board Gaming Is For Us Too

Why are our Black and Latinx youth so addicted to their screens? It’s not only the TV screens, but also their ipods, androids, iphones, ipads, you name it! They love playing games, but they limit themselves to video games creating more social isolation than we are used to. In an article published by “TheGrio,” the author reminds us, “Studies indicate Blacks, Hispanics and those in lower socioeconomic groups play, spend more time, and buy more video games than other groups. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, African American youth between the ages of 8 and 18 play games 30 minutes more per day than White youth, while Hispanics play an average of 10 minutes more”. 

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William Garcia is an Afro-Nuyorican raised between New York and Puerto Rico. William is an avid board game collector who has worked to create a board game culture among teens of color. He is currently a doctoral student in American Studies at The University of Kansas where he hopes to continue bringing the community together through board gaming. William serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at The City College of New York. He is most famous for serving as a contributing writer for Latino Rebels where he doesn’t hold back calling out on the anti-Black behaviors within the Latinx community.

3 Lessons Learned When Bringing to Life Culturally Responsive Practices

I often like to say that being culturally responsive is a lot like being in love… because being in love is as much about what you do in the context of a loving relationship as it is about why you do it. In my work as an equity-focused consultant to schools, I spend as much time talking about mindsets that support equitable outcomes as I do planning (and co-planning) the implementation of strategies. Just like being in love, a gesture has meaning in context. I regularly remind educators, it is never the strategy alone that makes a master teacher effective. It is the masterful teacher that makes effective use of the strategy.

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Dr. Adeyemi Stembridge provides technical assistance for school improvement with a specific focus on equity. He works with districts around the country to identify root causes of achievement gaps and formulate pedagogy- and policy-based efforts to redress the under performance of vulnerable student populations. Follow him on Twitter @DrYemiS.

Confronting Racism in Teacher Education

I’m excited to share with you all a newly published book by a colleague of mine, Dr. Bree Picower!  Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counter Narratives of Critical Practice is a compilation of stories from socially conscious educators of Color sharing their experiences and approaches towards advancing racial justice.  Check out the original description below:

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Celebrating Women’s History Doesn’t Have to Look Exclusively White

 

By Chemay Morales-James

Growing up, I never felt completely connected with identifying as a feminist.  It wasn’t because I was oblivious to the continued misogyny and social inequities me and my girls continued to experience on a daily, but when women’s rights were brought up in high school and college, they almost never included the voices of women of color nor was there any acknowledgement of the racist, patriarchal division that was ironically upheld by White women during the suffrage and other movements.  In fact, the recent Women’s March on Washington received much criticism from Black & Brown activists in how it initially left out women of color and was protected by law enforcement during the mass protests, which is a stark contrast to the militarized police that often make themselves present during protests lead by Black and Brown communities.

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Founder of My Reflection Matters. Fighter for social freedom. Lover of family, life, travel, reading, decorating, and funky art. Unschooling mother of two brilliant, TriniRican boys. (Read more on MRM’s About Page.)

Decolonizing Education Conference

My former colleagues at NYU are hosting a fabulous conference that anyone who is in the business of raising liberated young minds must attend! If you are a teacher or home educator (like myself) who has taken the first step of disrupting oppressive practices that have been passed down to you but still struggle figuring out what new actions you can take in replace of old habits, then this conference is for you. In order to provide a decolonized education for our children, we must decolonize our minds first!

Want to know how students imagine what decolonizing education looks like?  Don’t forget to check out the creative artwork that will be on display at the Decolonizing Ed. Conference by New York City high schoolers.

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Founder of My Reflection Matters. Fighter for social freedom. Lover of family, life, travel, reading, decorating, and funky art. Unschooling mother of two brilliant, TriniRican boys. (Read more on MRM’s About Page.)