Equity & Diversity Blog

The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools

Christina Torres is an 8th Grade English Teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has worked with Teach For America, Hope Street Group, the Center for Teacher Quality, and Teaching Tolerance. Find her online: Teach. Run. Write. This blog is no longer being updated.

Education Opinion The End of This Story
This is the end of this story, but our students are already writing new ones. I can't wait to read what's next.
Christina Torres, August 29, 2019
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Education Opinion On Shame and 'Daring Classrooms': We Need to Fix Systems, Not Kids
A new set of lesson plans from the popular researcher Brené Brown has caused some online debate, with many educators now thinking about the shame and trauma students carry with them.
Christina Torres, August 4, 2019
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Two young kids (one girl and one boy) dressed up as old people, holding hands, and standing in front of an empty light blue wall.
School Climate & Safety Opinion Toward Love: Honoring Indigenous Land in Our Classrooms
We must actively combat the stereotype of the "aloha spirit" and not ignore the very real issues these communities face.
Christina Torres, July 28, 2019
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Silence Will Not Save Us: Why We Cannot Ignore Students' Experiences
No space is truly safe if it does not reckon with the complete and total experience and existence our kids face each day.
Christina Torres, July 14, 2019
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Education Opinion The World in Words: Summer Reading Recommendations
By allowing ourselves to dive into someone else's story and voice, we're able to not just gain perspective on our work but also on our own identities.
Christina Torres, June 30, 2019
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Education Opinion The Voices We Need
All countries must be included in the conversation about "global education" because all countries bring different things to the table.
Christina Torres, June 26, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion No One Sings the Blues Like Charlie Patton's Sister
We must give students the power to explore and share their stories and broadcast them, record them, so we don't unfairly distort the truth of who they or we are.
Christina Torres, May 28, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion The Hate We Create; The Hate We Ignore
It's on educators to consciously choose to work on our implicit and explicit biases to start undoing the systemic oppression that has led us here. In doing so, we can help our students hopefully create a world much more loving, inclusive, and safe than the one we've created for them now.
Christina Torres, May 20, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Why You Really, Absolutely Shouldn't Change the English Curriculum
We study literature in order to help our students, the future generations, develop their values and morals and better understand the world.
Christina Torres, May 17, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion The Power of Words: On "Classics" and "Canon"
This work must be led by those who have been historically oppressed, and if I want to support them, that means I must work to explore their writing and show my students just how powerful those voices are.
Christina Torres, April 16, 2019
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Education Opinion The Edupreneur: An Interview With Dr. Will
The field of education is missing a critical voice in how we can go about creating substantial and lasting change within public education and beyond.
Christina Torres, April 15, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion 3 Small(er) Changes for a More Socially Conscious Classroom
Teaching with a socially conscious lens is not easy, nor does it happen overnight. There are some small steps you can take, though, to move you in the right direction.
Christina Torres, March 28, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Student Perspective: The True Meaning of Aloha
"Aloha" isn't just a greeting; in a way it is their way of life, and when you distort that sacred word, you distort their way of life.
Christina Torres, March 4, 2019
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Social-Emotional Learning Won't Happen Without a Culturally Relevant Start
Educators engaging in emotion-talk with students can encounter obvious barriers when not taking the individual's cultural background into account.
Christina Torres, February 25, 2019
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