The Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project has been my happy place as a teacher since 2004. It’s provided me opportunities to learn, lead, write, make mistakes, develop friendships, and more. Because life is about the sweet and the bitter, he horrific events in Charlottesville this summer were the catalyst for an LVWP bucket list initiative: our own podcast.
Thanks to the our fearless site director, Doug Antonioli, I am now part of Open Mic, a monthly podcast exploring the intersections of education and social justice. Enjoy our first episode: Teaching In The Wake of Charlottesville.
Our next episode is about supporting transgender students. Stay tuned.
If you are looking for more information about Black Lives Matter, to dive deeper, to lean into the discomfort, to open your eyes and heart a little more, here is a comprehensive list of movies, videos, books, articles, poems and more for you.
I wish I could take this course in person, but geography makes it impossible. Luckily, the age of social media makes information like this easy to disseminate: I share with you The Black Lives Matter Syllabus, Fall 2016.
Much respect and admiration to Frank Leon Roberts for sharing this so freely with fellow educators and the world.
I’ll post more as I dive into these resources myself.
Raise your hand if you work for an organization that uses “resiliency” in its mission statement or philosophy.
Now take that hand and smack yourself in the forehead.
Because that’s what “resiliency” feels like to me now.
As a teacher who is surviving the high stakes testing extravaganza inspired by No Child Left Behind, no word rings more hollow than “resiliency.” It really means do more with less and make sure you smile while doing it – and come back for more tomorrow.
This article by Parul Seghal explains a dangerous outcome of demanding resiliency: shaming those who question the system.
It’s time those of us who are asked to be resilient to start asking more questions about the system that demands so much from us. Even rubber bands snap.
Until last week, I was a notorious juster.
I’m writing you just to see if…
Oh, I’m just working on my next book..
I need just a few minutes of your time…
Until I read this article by Ellen Petry Leanse, I had no idea how often I was potentially sabotaging my credibility. Do you need to drop the J word, too?