One cannot be transformed solely on an intellectual level; such learning is shallow. We must allow change that can mingle in our spirits and in our bones. As is the case for just about everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about how classrooms and wider school communities can be spaces of truth and reconciliation. As … Continue reading Schools Must Be Spaces for Equity Work
One Year After Parkland: Perception vs. Reality on Public School Law and Prayer
For several years running now, I have found myself explaining the law about prayer in public schools -- you've probably received the chain emails (if you're old enough like me) or heard the talk radio host disparaging public schools for "banning prayer." Now an all too commonly shared meme is "No wonder [insert tragic event … Continue reading One Year After Parkland: Perception vs. Reality on Public School Law and Prayer
Why I Hate the Little Mermaid: Ariel as a Cautionary Tale for Teachers
I have a confession, one I’ve made a number of times, but not so publicly as this. I loathe The Little Mermaid. Not Ariel herself, mind you, but her story is horrifying to me as a feminist and as the parent of, well, I was going to say as the parent of a daughter, but … Continue reading Why I Hate the Little Mermaid: Ariel as a Cautionary Tale for Teachers
“Controversial” Books and Parents: A Dear Colleague Letter
"Controversial" books and parents: a dear colleague letter about intellectual freedom...I, too, am a parent.
More Educators’ Voices Needed
I’m a beneficiary of Oklahoma’s public schools and universities. My last post, “Red Dirt Teacher,” was undoubtedly both inspired by and homage to the teacher with whom I had the pleasure of spending parts of my day in both eighth and ninth grades, Anna Myers. It won’t likely surprise you that the year I was … Continue reading More Educators’ Voices Needed
Red Dirt Teacher
I was inspired to write (and record) this somewhat rage-filled poem about the Oklahoma teacher shortage last summer. Stay strong, teachers.
Autonomy, Subversive Teaching, and Taking Positive Action in Tumultuous Times: My Response to Nancy Atwell
This is the sole post I brought over from my old blog. It's more an article than a blog post, but it touches on a lot of our challenges and how we might better approach them.