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Office Hours: 30 Minutes with Danitra Blue

Office Hours: 30 Minutes with Danitra Blue

“Teaching the skill of having conversations about identity is different than teaching the skill of how to apply a math formula to the real world. You can’t apply formulas to an identity. We, as educators, have to be comfortable with fumbling through conversations and not having all the answers and having to model what it’s like when you say the wrong thing or learn something.”

Office Hours: Interview with Jini Rae Sparkman

Office Hours: Interview with Jini Rae Sparkman harkness map

“There’s a creative force within schools, but to move forward, we need a community-centered approach that draws everyone in to make change. In order for that to happen, something has to drastically disrupt the current system. Possibility and liberation has to become the imperative over maintaining systems.”

Office Hours Interview: Suniya Luthar and Nina Kumar of Authentic Connections

Office Hours Interview: Suniya Luthar and Nina Kumar of Authentic Connections

“Teaching is demanding! These folks have to be attending to children’s mental health even as they are trying to teach them educational materials. To maintain community well-being, we need to look “upstream” at who’s running the ship, and in the classroom, that is the teacher. Everything’s affected if they’re doing well, or doing poorly. So you, as a teacher, are the upstream influence. Your wellbeing matters — of course your knowledge and skills do too, but to maximize them, we have to be sure you feel good as a human being.”

Beyond the Syllabus: Reckonings, Hellfire, and Software Engineering

This week’s Beyond the Syllabus pinpoints three bright fires worth approaching more closely. Book Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Even before the Atlanta shootings rocked the United States with another round of debates over gun violence and what is or is not a racially-motivated violence, Hong’s collection of essays was a […]

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