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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, black, and white little faces, sitting cross-legged on the floor looking…

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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 improve reading proficiency. Let’s raise math achievement. As educators, we have…

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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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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 diverse students learning English with a deficit mindset.  I cannot tell you the number of teachers…

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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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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 insulted, ignored, or profiled by adults because of their…

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No, DeAndre. It’s Not Your Imagination: What the DOJ Report Tells Us about Implicit Bias and Validation

Photo by Michael Fleshman/Flickr This is the first in a 3-part series on implicit bias and CRT.  val·i·date ˈvaləˌdāt/ (verb) To demonstrate or support the truth (of something) Synonyms: corroborate, back up, bear out, authenticate In culturally responsive teaching, validation is not so much a strategy as it is a foundational stance we take. It…

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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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