One of the greatest things we as technology educators leave with students about computing is “in computing, you will surely only get out what you put in. It can only do what you tell it.” It is in this lesson that we must understand today’s moment. Integrating technology in the classroom, no matter what educational sales reps promise, will not fix our local and national legacy of educational injustice, inequity, and imbalance. Disparities will persist. It is our foremost challenge with this era of technology integration as educators, administrators, and families to hack into this toxic code as we power-up our devices.
Media & Technology Specialist, Greene Street Friends School
Graduate, PennGSE M.S.Ed, Reading/Writing/Literacy
This teaching guide is meant to speak toward our rights as Americans to take on the full responsibilities of democracy, referring to our civic participation in the creation and maintenance of systems of accountability in search of our collective safety. Lamenting the influences of systemic racism, police militarization, and the lack of political and judicial accountability, we recognize our role as educators to be able to teach the necessity to contribute to the intentioned dialogue through which our democracy will evolve. Focusing on the practical steps through which we voice and participate in this process, we make room for the full recognition of our humanity and the enactment of our power as societal change agents.
Recently, I was honored to be a 2014 "On The Rise" Award Winner for the Association of American Publishers PK-12 Learning Group Lamplighter Honors. Read more about them here. I wrote a poem to honor the occassion.
Over the Summer of 2014, we launched a meetup of self-identified Black male educators hosted at The Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. What began out of a friendly conversation of our relative scarcity in classrooms transformed into an interdependent approach to move ourselves and others collectively forward in our practice.