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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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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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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Intersectional Feminism in the Classroom

On both January 21st and 22nd of this year, three women organized the country’s largest political demonstration, drawing in nearly half a million Americans to The Women’s March on Washington and over 3 million nationally. These women – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez – sought to amplify the voices of all those who find themselves at the mercy of patriarchy’s clenched fists. In addition to the typically advertised causes of feminism including reproductive rights and the gender wage gap, protesters rose signs calling attention to police brutality against black bodies, waved rainbow flags in support of LGBT identifying folks, and called out against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was a demonstration of third wave feminism. This was intersectional. And despite the valid intra-community criticisms against the actual execution of the Women’s March, I ask what we as educators can take away from this major event and how can we bring what we learned into the classroom?

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Beyond Diversity 101

My experience in Beyond Diversity 101 was spiritually transformational. In the social justice world we can often spend too much time in our minds over intellectualizing everything that comes at us, perhaps, to prove how “woke” or more “conscious” we are over the next person. When we do this, we forget that equity work is heart work and in order to engage in transformational change, we must be willing and able to fully put forth our mind, body, and spirit into what it is we signed up to do–which is to put to death the cycle of genocide against those of us that don’t fit the “American standard”. A horrific cycle our country was built on and continues to function under today.  If you are looking to experience an in-depth training on what it means to be an agent of change, you need to check out BD101.