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The Ascription or Denial of Intelligence Based on Race

My friend’s daughter once told me that she figured a relatively new, Asian classmate was intelligent just by looking at her. She then followed the statement with, “I wonder if I made that assumption because of her race,” and proceeded to analyze her thought process. Undoubtedly, as a parent, an educator, and as an equity-minded […]

New Year’s Resolution: Perpetual Growth

The ending of a year, whether it is the Gregorian calendar year, a luni-solar year, an academic year, or even a fiscal year, presents us with an opportunity to reflect and commit ourselves to growth.  One place where we can never stop growing is in our struggles for social justice. Because each of us, regardless […]

5 New Years Celebrations Throughout the Year

Although the school year continues to rush forward, we will soon be ushering in a new, calendar year with our students.  Many of us who work with younger grades will change the year on our class calendars, and then as we sit with our students during morning meeting, we will explain to them how a […]

5 Ways to Be a White Ally When You Don’t See the Racism

Today, I’m responding to a request from one of my readers, a district administrator who strongly wants to be a White Ally for an instructional coach who told her that she could “feel the racism in the walls” of a school in their district.  The coach was unable to give her specifics as to the […]

6 Norms for Discussing Race and Social Justice

As the year comes to a close, you might find yourself having more conversations about social justice at your district or school, especially when thinking about how to be inclusive of marginalized, religious groups around the holidays.  You may also be planning activities revolving around social justice for the new year… a sort of New […]

Let’s De-Gentrify Language Acquisition: 3 Steps to Highlight Why Preserving Each Student’s Home Language Is Paramount for Language Minority Students’ Identities

Benefits of Dual Language Education for Speakers of Languages Other Than English Two-Way Dual Language Education programming is a really cool opportunity for monolingual, English speaking families.  Being bilingual opens up economic opportunities.  It looks good on college applications.  And it helps develop the brain in a way that delays the symptoms of diseases such […]

Equity Measures in Dual Language Education: Separation of Language

Dual Language Education is a social justice movement for students who speak a Language Other Than English (LOTE) at home because it is the only language acquisition program research proven to close the opportunity gap for students identified as Emergent Bilinguals.  However, as demonstrated by various studies (Urow & Beeman 2013; Thomas & Collier, 2004) […]

5 Steps for Ensuring That Your Dual Language Program Is Still A Strong, Equity-Based Dual Language Program

Dr. Jose Medina, one of the authors of the Guiding Principles of Dual Language, famously said, “Dual language Programs not grounded in equidad y justicia social (equity and social justice) are NOT dual language programs.” I couldn’t agree more. Two-Way Dual Language Programs are measured by how well they are servicing their emergent bilinguals… those […]

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 […]

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