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Mathematics Teaching Math Through a Social Justice Lens
Teachers are drawing on high-profile issues such as policing, the spread of the pandemic, and campaign finance to explore math concepts.
Catherine Gewertz, December 2, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Opinion An Open Letter to a Parent Afraid of Anti-Racist Education
Black Lives Matter, climate change, family separation? All appropriate classroom topics, writes Christina Torres.
Christina Torres, September 17, 2020
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Teaching Profession 'No One Else Is Going to Step Up': In a Time of Racial Reckoning, Teachers of Color Feel the Pressure
It’s tiring to be asked to lead conversations about race and racism, teachers of color say. But at the same time, many feel a sense of responsibility to take charge of this work.
Madeline Will, July 21, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Letter to the Editor Don't Lose Momentum on Racial Justice
To the Editor:
In a recent blog post ("'Teachers Cannot Be Silent': How Educators Are Showing Up for Black Students Following Protests," June 1, 2020), it was noted that several educators were coming up with innovative ways to reach out to their students following the killing of George Floyd.
July 13, 2020
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Curriculum Teachers Pay Teachers Has a New Anti-Racist Initiative. But There’s Still Racist Content on the Site
The lesson-sharing platform recently pledged to promote anti-racist resources and provide free professional development. But teachers say the company's content moderation policy still allows for racist resources to remain on the site.
Sarah Schwartz, July 2, 2020
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Families & the Community Opinion Why I Showed My Young Children the Video of George Floyd's Death
Our children see that the law does not apply equally to all, writes lawyer and historian Allison Matulli. It's a lesson that parents and educators can’t ignore.
Allison Matulli, July 1, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion Trauma-Informed Practice Is a Powerful Tool. But It's Also Incomplete
Trauma-informed practice must be informed by the individual needs of students and the systems that caused their trauma, write Simona Goldin and Debi Khasnabis.
Simona Goldin & Debi Khasnabis, February 19, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education
In the wake of an uptick in hate crimes, we need to teach students to actively work against racism, writes Christina Torres.
Christina Torres, August 14, 2019
4 min read
Delegates cheer before the start of the National Education Association’s presidential forum on July 5 in Houston. The forum took place during the teachers’ union’s four-day annual convention.
Delegates cheer before the start of the National Education Association’s presidential forum on July 5 in Houston. The forum took place during the teachers’ union’s four-day annual convention.
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School & District Management Teachers' Union Delegates Commit to Social Justice, Beating Trump
Last year’s Supreme Court ruling, which led to a slight decrease in membership, was barely mentioned at the annual gathering. The delegates did, however, vote to take more progressive stances on issues such as abortion.
Madeline Will, July 11, 2019
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Teacher Preparation Opinion What Is Social Justice Education Anyway?
It's easy to agree that education should be the great human equalizer, but implementing social justice pedagogy takes work, writes Crystal Belle.
Crystal Belle, January 23, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian
It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.
Dave Powell, August 11, 2017
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Social Studies Opinion Going on Vacation, in a Contrary Mood
I'm going on vacation—but, first, a little rumination on what I hope will happen while I'm gone.
Dave Powell, July 24, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Can School Reform Save Baltimore?
School reformers, especially the ones pushing "no excuses" approaches to school change, have made at least an implicit promise that their approach to fixing schools will work. Baltimore seems to be telling us something else.
Dave Powell, April 30, 2015
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