5 Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Cultural Appropriation This Halloween

It’s that time of year when, in the United States, many children and adults alike, dress up in fantastic costumes and celebrate Halloween.  From what was once a parade of costumed children looking for sweet treats, it has now become an elaborate costume party with festivals, parties, movie events, and so much more.  And think […]

Indigenous People’s Day vs. Columbus Day

Today marks the first national Indigenous People’s Day.  President Biden proclaimed this day as a day that “honors the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.” This is ostensibly a huge step forward in the fight  to […]

Words Matter: Words and Phrases We Need to Retire

As language educators, we teach students the importance of looking at shades of meaning and of choosing our words carefully when communicating.  However, do we teach students to consider how their words may impact those from minority racial backgrounds?  A microaggression is a seemingly small statement that directly or indirectly insults someone on the basis […]

Microaggressions: Forever Alien in One’s Own Land

“How do they celebrate Three Kings’ Day in Mexico?” I once observed a teacher ask one of her Dual Language students.   The question seemed innocent enough.  She was trying to build sociocultural competence in her classroom by being inclusive of all her students as the upcoming holiday approached.  However, the student felt uncomfortable.  While his […]


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