Posts Categorized: CSP

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

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

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

Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

I recently read Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy. I can’t stop talking about it. It was powerful, raw, beautiful, impactful, and heavy. (Pun intended!) One of the moments he narrates is about an incident that happened to him as a college professor. He was the only Black male professor in a predominantly white institution. He pushed… Read more

Language & Liberation: A Unit of Study

Language & Liberation: A Unit of Study

I work toward welcoming marginalized voices into my classroom while moving my students toward a stance grounded in love and freedom. As a student, I never encountered a curriculum that did that. When I first became an educator, I struggled to find examples of curricula or lessons that effectively and respectfully welcomed these voices. I… Read more

There is No Apolitical Classroom @ ILA

There is No Apolitical Classroom @ ILA

Lorena German and fellow educator, Jazmen Moore, presented at the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) conference in Austin, TX this past weekend (July 2018). They were there on behalf of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Their session: There is No Apolitical Classroom, focused on the work of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias… Read more

Montessori for Social Justice Conference

Montessori for Social Justice Conference

We spent this last weekend of June 2018 in St. Paul, MN at the Montessori for Social Justice Conference. Wow! What a powerful conference. What a powerful group of people working together to change Montessori and all other educational spaces. What a radical and justice-oriented community space and what strong allyship from white brethren. We presented… Read more

TwitterLove&Magic

TwitterLove&Magic

The Intersection of Rhetorics and Justice: an IB unit of study When teaching about historically marginalized and oppressed communities, that’s usually what students understand: we are in pain, in sorrow, and are oppressed. While there is accuracy to that due to systemic oppression, we often end up leaving out the ways that we are more… Read more

Takin’ On the Hard Topics

Takin’ On the Hard Topics

Recently, I wrote a response to the Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q & A blog question: What are good strategies teachers can use when exploring “controversial” topics? Since my courses are infused with what folks consider to be controversial topics, this was somewhat of an easy write up for me. My work focuses on discussing equity &… Read more