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Category - Academic Mindset

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 only six weeks. As…

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Five Tips for Using the End of School to Strengthen Academic Mindset

Well, Memorial Day is just around the corner and it’s all over but the shouting. Testing is behind us. Finals will come and go and there’ll still be a week or so of school left. As culturally responsive teachers, I think we often miss the opportunity to use the last few weeks of school to…

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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 Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s and Black Power Movement of…

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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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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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