There and Back Again: Insights from My Travels Last Year

There and Back Again: Insights from My Travels Last Year

  Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sci-fi fantasy nerd. Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Game of Thrones. All. Day. Long. I even like that cheesy Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, that tells the story of Bilbo Baggins’ first journey that...
Start with Responsive

Start with Responsive

I am always surprised when I share with people that being culturally responsive begins with relationships and they reject it as not “real” or “too soft”.  They want to focus on social justice issues like white privilege or oppression of people of color, or they want...
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...