Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

There was a recent conference I attended on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Seattle Pacific University. I really liked it and it was my favorite DEI professional development that I’ve attended in a long time. I saw presentations about translanguaging, multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), and socio-emotional learning (SEL). What I liked about SPU’sContinue reading “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”

BLM is Not the Opposite of White Supremacy

I think that the debates from yesterday were incoherent, and it was disturbing to see how much discourse has devolved in the US, and furthermore, how much people are relying on narratives and frameworks that can be summed up by the decision to name or not name white supremacist groups, and also the decision toContinue reading “BLM is Not the Opposite of White Supremacy”

A Policy Lens for Teaching Students about Racism

Several weeks ago a reader wrote me a question in regards to my pointers on teaching about race in the classroom: “Do you think it’s acceptable to incorporate anti-racist parts of our history with other events and people who, while maybe not anti-racist, were neutral on the matter? For example, teaching kids about the racismContinue reading “A Policy Lens for Teaching Students about Racism”

Storytelling Brings Empathy: Humans are Storytellers and Meaning Makers

It was in watching the beauty of conversation in sign language that I realized that language is first and foremost a vehicle for story. It was a Sunday afternoon and the sun was setting in Roseville, California, when I walked into a packed and yet silent Starbucks. It was eerie to hear the rustle ofContinue reading “Storytelling Brings Empathy: Humans are Storytellers and Meaning Makers”