Antiracist Read: Subtle Acts of Exclusion, by Dr. Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran

My most recent anti-racist read was Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions, by Dr. Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran. I experienced this book in the audiobook format. Here is some information about the book, from Bookshop.org: The first practical handbook that helps individuals and organizations recognize and prevent microaggressions so […]

Read More

Distance Learning: Building Confidence in Middle Schoolers

Recently, I’ve noticed that many of my Learn from Home students have hit a wall. It’s been almost a full calendar year since they have attended school in a physical building and regularly interacted face-to-face with a large group of people that love and support them. And for many, it’s been almost a full year […]

Read More

Kids Antiracist Book Club: Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell PArker Rhodes

Looking for a book to add to your middle school curriculum that will spark meaningful conversation about racism, especially in schools and sports? Black Brother, Black Brother, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, could be it. Read it with… Jerry Craft’s New Kid to compare microagressions and overt racism, and open readers’ eyes to look more critically […]

Read More

November Antiracist Read: We Want to Do More Than Survive, by Bettina L. Love

My November anti-racist read was We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, by Bettina L. Love. I experienced this book via audiobook, and then re-read the hard copy from my local library. Here is some information about the book, from IndieBound: Drawing on personal stories, research, and […]

Read More

Distance Learning: Spin and Steal for Social Emotional Connection

Catching up with kids after time away from school can be such a great way to learn more about their lives and deepen connections. And, this year, when teachers are being asked to blur the lines between being educators, counselors, and social workers, it’s more important than ever that we know our students as full […]

Read More

September & October Antiracist Read: Me and White Supremacy, by Laya F. Saad

Image via Brave and Kind Books My September and October anti-racist read was Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Laya F. Saad. In September, I experienced this book via audiobook, which the author read herself. In October, I purchased a hard copy from my local bookstore, […]

Read More

Banned Books Week 2020

September 28-October 2 is Banned Books Week. Buckle up, because – surprise! – I have some feelings about censorship. Librarian Mike Rawls, otherwise known as @thebookwrangler, put it beautifully on his Instagram page this week: “Books are banned for all kinds of reasons… but 8 out of 10 books on the American Library Association’s Most […]

Read More

August Antiracist Read: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

Image via Sojourners My August antiracist read was I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown. I experienced this book via the audiobook, which the author read herself. Here is some information about the book, from the AustinChanning.com: In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, […]

Read More