Three OwnVoices Reads Helping Me on My Antiracist Journey

Hi! My name is Sarah, and I’m on a journey to become a better Antiracist. I’m not an expert. I am learning. Have you ever heard or read Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s moving walkway theory? “I sometimes visualize the ongoing cycle of racism as a moving walkway at the airport. Active racist behavior is equivalent […]

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Quest: The Souper Bowl Food Drive

A message from 7th and 8th grade students in the the How Can We Help the Hunger Crisis? Quest: “After watching that video, you know that 1 in 5 children in America doesn’t have enough to eat. But did you know that right here in Charlottesville, the number is 1 in 6? 57% of children […]

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How Do You Know if You Like Something?

How do we know if we like something? How does it make us feel? What happens in our bodies, on our faces, in our minds? Developing an identity as a reader means learning what you like and don’t like. But my work with social emotional learning has taught me that before we can start sorting […]

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Introducing Identity with an Identity Bag

6th graders are beginning a long journey into using stories as mirrors and windows , a concept that is invaluable to know (you can learn more about it here, or by researching the work of Rudine Sims-Bishop) but so tricky to teach. Sixth grade English teacher Mr. Passmore and I decided to start at the […]

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My Favorite Moments of 2019

Earlier this week, I shared the most popular posts of 2019, according to statistics, on Fitz Between the Shelves. And while it’s fascinating to see what readers enjoy the most, it’s also surprising to see what makes it to the top of the list; because they’re rarely the moments that I loved the most! So […]

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Best of 2019: Blog Posts

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday. I’m excited to share our top posts of 2019 – they’re always so different than I expect. Some of these were favorites last year, too, and some are brand new. I know that I loved writing them – I hope that enjoyed reading them […]

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Who Can Found a Non-Profit?

Who can found a non-profit? In our opening meetings for this semester’s student-lead Quest (how can we help the hunger crisis?) we found ourselves wondering: How do nonprofits get started? Who can found one? What does a nonprofit board look like? How does all of this even happen? What does it take to go from […]

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Quest: How Can We Help the Hunger Crisis?

There’s a hunger crisis in Charlottesville – how can we help make a difference? Ms. Monty and I are beyond thrilled to be the faculty mentors supporting student Quest leaders Izzy and Spicer as they dive into that BIG question and so many more: What is a hunger crisis? What’s the difference between hunger and […]

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Winter Candle, by Jeron Ashford

Winter Candle, this year’s Tech-Mas inspiration story, written by Jeron Ashford, has become one of my favorite winter celebration books ever. The story follows one special candle as it makes its way around the Juniper Court apartment building, lending the light that each family needs for their winter traditions. Winter Candle has drawn us in […]

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How do you Honor Neurodiversity?

This is what my desk looked like at 3:30 PM yesterday. Why am I showing you a picture of an empty spot on my desk? Because three hours hours earlier, this spot was overflowing with books about mental health: And after middle schoolers got to ‘em, here’s what was left. Young people are hungry for […]

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