social justice

Yesterday, I saw this quote on Twitter posted by @dogtrax from Advice to Writers. sacred work.JPG All rights reserved.   I read this and immediately identified with it. Then throughout the day, it kept coming back into my mind with some nagging wonderings. In particular, I thought of a book I recently read, very passionate and clearly designed to change minds and...
Two years ago, Kenwood Elementary elementary in Champaign, IL teamed up several Colleges at the University of Illinois and the local social think tank, CTRL-Shift.  At the basis of this collaboration is the idea that teaching all students the skills of computational thinking is an exercise in social justice and community empowerment in line with our school’s technology vision statement: Through...
We Must Speak - Untitled Page copy.png Agenda Coming Soon. Join in the conversation on Facebook. Reserve your space at justmaybe.co/wemustspeak We are convening a space for up to 40 educators, emphasizing the opportunity for marginalized and oft-underrepresented perspectives from educators of color to lead the conversation while leaving the registration open for...
On a bike ride today, yes-an outdoor bike ride in late November in Denver-I saw a sign at a church that said, "Know Jesus Know Peace, No Jesus No Peace." Because I was tired my mind began to ruminate. I began to roll over this notion in my head and landed on the protester slogan: No Justice No Peace. I started thinking about the homonym presented on the sign, Know Justice Know Peace.  Of course...
Striving to bridge effective technology integration with the best practices of social justice education has been a very narrow path [+community] for me. Few times do I come across conversations that are pushing the boundaries of what's possible with technology in the classroom while at the same time remaining grounded in ideals for a more creative and just world [Thanks, Allied Media]. More than...
[This post represents the work of a group of educators and education activists who wanted to help educators  help students process the verdict in the Jordan Davis murder trial. Many of us wrote from our experiences both in and out of the classroom, and as such, many of us used “I” statements in talking about these ideas. The writers are Melinda Anderson, Joshua Block, Zac Chase, Alexa Dunn, Bill...
This is reposted from my blog: http://dochorsetales.blogspot.com/2013/07/literacies-essential-questions.html  The demand for one strikes at the core.  When educators use terms like “essential” (e.g., “Using Technology to Make Essential Questions . . .” & “On Genuine vs. Bogus Inquiry—Using EQs Properly”) and related terms such as “authentic” and “driving,” the intent may be good but the...
DSCN0008.JPG “I get that all these methods and standards and theories we’re learning about teaching writing are important, but how am I supposed to know if they really work until I have my own classroom?” If you work with or have been a preservice teacher, my guess is that you’ve considered this question on a regular basis. I hear it from my Colorado State...
In this interview, Jane Phelan-Jones, Cameron Shinn, and Diane Witteveld, teacher directors of the Saving Our Stories Project, document what students learned as they composed digital stories to preserve the history of the Latino community in Fort Collins.
                                IMG_2088.jpg No living thing is unitary in nature; every such thing is a plurality. Even the organism which appears to us as an individual exists as a collection of independent entities. - Goethe Every fall, Coloradans head to the mountains to see the aspens turn. For just a few weeks, the stands of trembling green leaves that have...

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