Tech-Girls Monthly: February Spotlight

I’m honored to be the February Spotlight for Tech-Girls Monthly, the killer newsletter from Tech-Girls and Charlottesville Women in Tech. Each month, they highlight a different woman working with technology and feature their story in their newsletter and on their website. Check out my interview – including what drives my passion and interest in technology, […]

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Coming Soon: 6th Grade Book Club – Same Sun Here, by Neela Vaswani and Silas House

  WHO: 6th grade readers, writers, and lovers of realistic and historical fiction! St. Anne’s-Belfield School 6th graders will be reading along with 5th grade students from Woodbrook Elementary School in Albemarle County, guided by Woodbrook’s amazing Mindfulness Instructor, Mr. Mack. As always, this book club is completely optional – and Same Sun Here is a […]

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The Girl with a Mind for Math

For readers with more context in Black history who are ready for deeper conversations, The Girl with a Mind for Math is a perfect fit. Raye Montague’s story is both amazing and frustrating – and my students were vocal about their outrage. Their cries of “How can they treat her like that?! That’s not fair!” […]

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Family Book Club: Out of My Mind

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.” Last week, fifteen families gathered in the Learning Village Library at 6 PM  Family Book Club, inspired by Sharon Draper’s novel Out of My Mind. Here […]

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Family Connection: Picture Books that Celebrate Gay Families

The other day I was in the library with a friend and fellow teacher, cleaning up after a volunteer event. She was looking through the books on display on the top of the shelves and picked up a copy of King and King, a fractured fairy tale in which a prince, searching for his future […]

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Mae Among the Stars

What is your biggest dream? And how would you feel if you shared it, and someone said, “You can’t do that”? Mae Among the Stars sparked out of this world conversations with kindergarten and first grade this week. We are having so much fun learning about Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go to […]

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Behind the Shelves: Who Said That?

Your Who Said That? activity looks awesome! I’d love to see all of the pics, descriptions and quotes if you are up for sharing! I think I’d learn something new, too. 🙂 -Karen February is Black History Month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend extra time talking about amazing Black figures, both past and […]

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We Honor Black History by…

We honor Black history by… This display is designed to spark conversation and get students thinking. We wanted a display that helped students to see that Black history isn’t something old and stagnant, that can be learned and forgotten, but instead something living, breathing, and still happening right now (and not confined to a single […]

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Listen, Learn, and Amplify: Resources for Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It’s only 28 days long and we’re already on day three, so let’s cut the niceties and get right to it: It’s too easy to let Black History Month pass by without bringing it into the classroom in the way that children deserve. Or to read one picture book about Rosa […]

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