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Making CRT Manageable

Throughout the month of February, I have been on a virtual book sharing my book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, with teachers, instructional coaches, and principals. So rather than travelling from town to town on a plane, I’ve been traveling from blog to blog, giving a little “author talk” via guest posting. You can…

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Five Point Action Plan for Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature

Last week I led a seminar for a group of high school English teachers on how to teach racially sensitive (or racially charged) literature. Many were teaching The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which uses the n-word 231 times. In their school district, the book is “restricted,” meaning they cannot teach it without going through mandatory…

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Getting Students to Take Off the Mask

As a student, I’ve had the privilege of having two highly skilled culturally responsive teachers. One was Mr. Ruane in 10th grade at George Washing High School in San Francisco. Mr. Ruane was a white teacher who coached football and taught African American Literature. What I remember most about him was how comfortable he was…

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Why We Need a Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching

Just recently I lead a seminar for a group of instructional coaches and BTSA support providers and I asked them to define culturally responsive teaching. It’s usually how I start my workshops. Actually, I got them into groups of 5 and asked each group to draw me a picture of the process (Robert Marzano would…

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King’s Legacy: Teaching Thinking is an Act of Social Justice

It’s that time of year when we pause to remember Dr. King. Countless school children listen to the “I Have a Dream” speech. They learn about civil rights protests so people of color could eat where they wanted or vote without any restrictions. But there’s another cause that Dr. King believed in just as strongly,…

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The First Six Weeks_Create a Counter Narrative

This is the second in a series of a six part series on setting up the school year to be more culturally responsive. In my last post, I shared that trust is the secret weapon of the culturally responsive teacher and it is the first thing that needs to be cultivated in the opening weeks…

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Are We Ready for the Browning of Public Schools?

Tis’ the season. Backpacks, pencils, and PD.  That’s why this post is two days late.  On back-to-back days, I found myself in front of a room full of eager teachers who were genuinely excited to be back. A few days before in between my prep, I came across an article by the Pew Research Center…

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Word Wealth for Young Children of Color Begins With Word Consciousness

  Last week I asked if we have oversold reading aloud to young children as the primary strategy for preventing achievement gaps from beginning once they begin school. When I was training to be a teacher and taking my first reading theory class, my son was a newborn.  I asked my reading methods professor what…

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