We All Can Be Authentic Merchants of Hope

We All Can Be Authentic Merchants of Hope

It was mid-morning and I had just finished presenting the idea of cultural archetypes to a room full of middle school teachers.  They taught at a school where 75% of the students, mostly Black and Latino, have performed well below proficiency in reading and math for...
Why You Need to Diversify Your Diverse Books

Why You Need to Diversify Your Diverse Books

The other day, as I scrolled through my Twitter feed, I noticed that a lot of schools kicked off Black History Month with teachers, special guests, and even superintendents reading Black-themed books to groups of children. They posted pictures of a sea of brown,...
Be the Change You Wish to See in the Classroom

Be the Change You Wish to See in the Classroom

It’s MLK Day and the perfect time to start a conversation about how close the knowing-doing gap around improving teaching and learning for diverse students through culturally responsive teaching. We hear it all the time.  We need to get test scores up. We have to...
Five Teacher Mindsets that Undermine CRT

Five Teacher Mindsets that Undermine CRT

Well, 2015 was an exciting year. It was so exciting that it’s kept me away from this space for a while. I know you thought I’d gone on some walkabout. Well, I did, sort of. This same time last year, my book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain had been out...
Breaking Out of The Bilingualism Double Standard

Breaking Out of The Bilingualism Double Standard

In the United States, we have a double standard regarding bilingualism in school. This double standard is a result of the implicit bias we have around immigrant students from non-European countries, especially those from Latin America. We approach linguistically...
End with the End in Mind

End with the End in Mind

We’ve come to the end of the school year. The past few weeks have been filled with graduation celebrations everywhere I turn, and I am ready to get in the mix. I start the week addressing a group of graduating seniors at their commencement. Then my own daughter...
Three Ways to Reclaim Cinco de Mayo

Three Ways to Reclaim Cinco de Mayo

I grow up in San Francisco at a time when Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta were organizing the United Farm Worker’s Union and marching in the streets demanding better working conditions for Chicano/a migrant workers.   Yes, as an African American family involved in the...
Four Tools for Interrupting Implicit Bias

Four Tools for Interrupting Implicit Bias

I will never forget my first experience with implicit bias as an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley. I had turned in my first in-class writing assignment in Medieval Literature. I loved the topic of courtly love and whatnot. The professor was an older...
This is Your Brain on Implicit Bias

This is Your Brain on Implicit Bias

This is Part II in the 3 part series of posts on implicit bias In part I, we looked at what it means to validate diverse students’ experience with implicit bias. Culturally responsive teachers believe diverse students when they tell us that they are being rudely...