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, […]

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Monday Wonder: What Questions are We Asking about Online Learning?

Today, I’m wondering: Why do people ask “Can online/remote learning work for all children?” when they never asked, “Does classroom learning work for all children?” I shared this question in my Instagram stories yesterday and got so many smart and heartfelt responses that I wanted to shift the conversation here to open it up for […]

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Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist

This year, for the first time in my professional life, I won’t be a school librarian. I’m starting a new role at a new school, and the change comes with a lot of feelings. I’m still working through those. (But suffice it to say, there are a lot of emojis involved.) Mr. Fitz and I […]

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July Antiracist Read: So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

(Image via Brave and Kind Books) My July antiracist read was So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. I experienced this book via the audiobook, which the author read herself. Here is some information about the book, from Brave and Kind Books: Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to […]

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Antiracist Resources from Social Media, June 1, 2020

No matter how you learn best, there are myriad resources available to help approach, begin, continue, or deepen your antiracist journey. Here are a few resources that have helped me recently, including information about original sources for further reading, listening, and learning:   1. Are your kids too young to talk about race? A look […]

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Thoughts from a Socially Distant Teacher

Today, I was chatting with a librarian friend and lamenting how difficult it has been for me to focus on reading in the past week (we were chatting over Instagram from the comfort of our own homes, as we stay home in an attempt to flatten the curve). In response, she sent this: “Here’s the […]

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Great Stories By and About Women: Your Suggestions

Yesterday on Instagram, after a disappointing experience with a popular influencer’s memoir, I reached out for a little help. I asked readers and friends for their favorite memoirs and stories of badass women doin’ good. Here are the suggested titles, plus a few I found at my local library, if you’d like to see: Turning […]

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February Antiracist Book Club: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

In 2020, I’m attempting to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. I’m not an expert, and I’m not a professional. You’re welcome to read and learn along with me, if you’d like. January: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving   My February antiracist read was White […]

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On Pronouncing Names and Owning Mistakes

All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been learning about the amazing work of Vashti Harrison in preparation for her visit through the Virginia Festival of the Book next month. They’ve been talking about her nonstop, and we’ve been studying her work in many of my classes. And last week, in a meeting about […]

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