Posts By: LRG

Gifting Books & Making Them Fun

Gifting Books & Making Them Fun

Sharing books with children is one of the best gifts we can offer. It builds relationships, literacy, and a love of learning, among other things. Sometimes turning the book gifts into something fun and active can be tricky. One time, a friend gifted my son the book Jabari Jumps along with a bathing suit. Now,… Read more

When we strengthen our language, we strengthen our culture.

When we strengthen our language, we strengthen our culture.

It is Indigenous People’s Day! We love to celebrate this day with education and resources because we know how under-represented and ignored these nations are in schools, curricula, and general U.S. society. For this year, we invited Trisha Moquino, member of Cochiti Pueblo, to join us in a conversation and sharing of resources as well… Read more

Five Tips for Creating Anti Racist Brave Spaces via Distance Learning

Five Tips for Creating Anti Racist Brave Spaces via Distance Learning

The main secret is that it doesn’t differ much from in-person teaching. You still need to do the personal anti bias and anti racist work required and these brave spaces will still require relationship-building. This entails going through your own peeling back of layers in terms of bias and identity. It also means inviting students… Read more

COVID Parenting Successes

COVID Parenting Successes

This post is not about bragging. We have had too many failures, but in the spirit of helpfulness and our own reflection, we wanted to share what has, in fact, been working for us. We’ve learned our kids have more energy than an energy drink. We’ve also learned they need breaks from each other or… Read more

What I Remember

What I Remember

I remember in 7th grade when one of my teachers, Mrs. B, did a terrible thing. My classmate was reading aloud. Slowly. Struggling through the lines. Working his way. Making gains. And doing it in front of all of us. You know what Mrs. B did? She blurted out, as he walked through the letters… Read more

Whitening Our Students

Whitening Our Students

There exists a movement among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color all around the world (basically wherever there was colonization) to Whiten our skin. The lure of the proximity to Whiteness as a privilege and as a means for survival is both real and not new. For those of us that can’t pass as White,… Read more

More Than Words Can Describe

More Than Words Can Describe

This blog post is straight from our classrooms! From Roberto: A couple of weeks ago, I used writing to promote some social emotional learning with students while fostering community in the class. I used a picture from the New York Times publication titled “40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think.” You can see the image… Read more

Unit: Fighting for Our Lives

Unit: Fighting for Our Lives

Young people are leaders of the future. They will be running this country, our institutions, and our lives, and yet, here they are fighting for their lives and ours. I’m speaking about both the earth/climate change issues, but also gun control, racism, and other matters. Young people have and will continue to take to the… Read more

EquitySpaceATX

EquitySpaceATX

One of the challenges of living in Austin, Texas is navigating the insistent gentrification taking place. It rips communities and takes your friends away. It forces potential friends to leave, too.  Roberto and I have worked hard to intentionally find and develop friendships with People of Color to ensure community and culture. We want our… Read more