Thanksgiving and The National Day of Mourning

Many schools continue to teach “The First Thanksgiving” to students, a heartwarming story of two cultures that came together.  In this story, Native Americans helped newcomers survive a harsh climate.  In turn, the newcomers hosted a celebration of the success of that encounter, exhibiting gratitude towards both God and their Native hosts. However, the heartwarming […]

The Importance of Recognizing Deepavali (Diwali) in Schools

New York City Public Schools recently decided to make Deepavali (Diwali) a holiday for students and teachers.  A simple decision to improve inclusivity has surprisingly become controversial.  There are those who claim that the decision takes us further away from the separation of church and state.  (I’m not going to honor this argument in my […]

What 9-11 Taught Me About Sociocultural Competence

September 11th, 2001 evokes memories for anyone who was in the United States on that date and is today, 18 years or older.  We all remember where we were and what we were doing.  The date marks the first time since Pearl Harbor that our country had been attacked, and it was a definite blow […]

5 Ways to Support Speakers of Low Incidence Languages

Dual Language Programs are a fantastic way to honor the linguistic backgrounds of our language minority students, but only the linguistic backgrounds of our language minority students who belong to the majority amongst our minorities.  But what about our students who speak low-incidence languages?  What about our students who are minorities amongst language-minority students?   I […]

5 Do’s and 3 Don’t’s When It Comes to Names

Soon Labor Day will culturally signify the end of the long, hot, lazy days of summer and give way to pumpkin spice and scarecrows.  Once upon a time, Labor Day also signified the last days of summer vacation for our kids.  Now, depending upon where you work, the year might have already started, or you […]


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