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Guest Post: Finding and Honoring Our Many Stories (Part 2)

By Brittany Carlino

In my last post, I spoke about my responsibility of representing and responding to cultural differences while participating in the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange program in Budapest, Hungary.  Though I’m no longer teaching in a different country, I still take that responsibility quite seriously in my Great Valley classroom.  Even in a room of all American kids, there are still diverse socioeconomic statuses or ethnicities or even interests that can be identified and discussed.  Each student has his own story, her own diversity of life experiences to be celebrated. Read more

Guest Post: Finding and Honoring Our Many Stories (Part 1)

By Brittany Carlino

First day of school with VPG in backgroundI spent last year teaching in Budapest, Hungary through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange program. This means I traded places with a Hungarian teacher; she came to teach at my U.S. school, Great Valley High School, and I taught in her place at Veres Pálné Gimnázium.  As you might imagine, there were myriad ups and downs in that experience, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.  It made me into a better student, teacher, and person.  Most important, it sharpened the need to look for the many stories – personal, cultural, societal – that can be honored and celebrated, and how imperative it is that we teach our students to do so.  Read more

Falling for Seneca Falls

By Kathleen Hall Scanlon

            When I begged to visit Seneca Falls, New York for our anniversary, my husband responded with characteristic rationality: “What’s there? Can you navigate?”

           Thus began our odyssey to the pulse of America’s Women’s Movement, Mecca to hardy feminists, home of the Women’s Hall of Fame whose raging warriors include Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Frederick Douglass. Oh, you thought the US Constitution Center holds the monopoly on life-sized statues of historic giants? Au contraire! How many of us, male or female, can identify Sally Franklin Bache, Mammy Kate Heard, Wilma Mankiller, Dolores Huerta, or Daisy Bates? Read more

Herstory: Addressing the Omissions in Women’s Contributions to their Families, Country & World

By Lynne R. Dorfman

            Women’s roles are constantly changing!  As you are reading this blog post, there are women making history and baby girls being born who will be future history-makers. It is important to deliver more than half of the story as we discuss leaders, activists, agents of change, and everyday heroes with our students. While some might think that stereotypes and prejudices have vanished into thin air, they haven’t. Consider the Kappan article published this month,” Deconstructing the Pyramid of Prejudice” where author David Light Shields claims that stereotypical behavior in schools about the sexes are “…as common as pencils.” Read more

Race Talks: the bridge, the journey, the work

By Renee Jacobs

“We must teach the way students learn, rather than expecting them to learn the way we teach.”

— Pedro Noguera

      The journey of reflection on race and education for me began as a college student. I had been raised in a predominantly African-American community where 95% of the students and a high percentage of the teachers and administrators looked like and communicated similarly to my African-American family. When I made the decision to attend West Chester University in the late 80’s, the student population was approximately 10% students of color and the professors were significantly less racially diverse. Although no one attempted to make me feel different at West Chester University, I felt very alone. Read more

Empathetic Lesson Planning to Include Diverse Populations

By: K. M. Walton

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

      Can you read that for me? Could you write how you feel after you read it? Could you share any personal connections you made to the text? Do you picture anything in your mind while you read it? Would you answer a few questions about what you read?

      What’s that? You can’t do any of those things? Are you sure? I’d like you to try again. Try a little harder this time. What do you mean you still can’t do what I’m asking? What’s wrong with you? Read it again. Do you have it now?

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