Posts Categorized: Reflection

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

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

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

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

We’re In This Together

We’re In This Together

Being a teacher who is black, indigenous, or a person of color (BIPoc), can be challenging in and of itself. So many resources that come across don’t always speak to our experiences in the classroom as a teacher. There are commonalities and trends to what we experience as teachers, and it’s even more pronounced when we… Read more

Losing My Breath

Losing My Breath

Growing up an immigrant of color in the U.S. can be full of challenges and trauma. My family came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in the late 80s. I was four. While I was born there and have dual citizenship, and can’t deny the island breeze in my veins, I’m also very American. I… Read more

A Lesson on the N-Word

A Lesson on the N-Word

You can’t teach the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and not discuss the n-word. Ignoring it is irresponsible. So, how does a teacher engage her class in a discussion around this very controversial and complicated word?  My current teaching context is a small independent school with a predominantly white student body. In this post, I’m thinking… Read more

Dust Your Shoulders Off

Dust Your Shoulders Off

I’ve had many difficult teaching moments. Some were a result of my own doing, yet many were a result of systemic inequalities that bled into the four walls of my classroom. I once had a student drop out his junior year in order to work full time so he could help his family back home… Read more