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Ted Palenski - February 10, 2012
Five-year-old Ellie started off the year on good footing. She not only joined her classmates in play but was able to negotiate with friends when conflicts arose. When she was at an activity in the classroom, whether at an art activity or in the block corner, she would almost get lost in her own motivation and passion. Each day, her rapport with her peers and teachers increased. Then things began to change.
Alice Pettway - February 9, 2012
Can you imagine buying groceries if boxes of sugar were labeled "peanut butter" and ice cream cartons read "chicken noodle soup"? You may laugh, but our daily lives are often adventures in just such misinformation.
Jan S. Gephardt - February 9, 2012
My knee injury was neither serious nor permanent, but it was enough to put me on crutches and earn me a key to the elevator.
Amanda Ryan Fear - February 8, 2012
As dean of students, I’m sitting at my desk passing time one morning when my radio crackles. “There was just a fight in the courtyard,” says a teacher. “I’m bringing both of the students in right now.” I sigh in frustration and turn to watch the security-camera footage on my computer. Sure enough, there are two students facing off in the courtyard. Oh no, I think. Please don’t let that be who I think it is.
Teaching Tolerance Staff - February 8, 2012
The second annual Alabama Region 4 Conference on Multicultural Education is now seeking conference proposals through Feb. 17. The NAME conference will be held March 30 at the University of Montevallo and will include presentations on diversity research and innovative multicultural pedagogies.
Alan L. Neville - February 7, 2012
I needed to expose my preservice teachers to a real, lasting experience with diversity. I had one day. Growing up in South Dakota, where 86 percent of the population is white, my students come to college with few experiences interacting with culturally diverse students. The reality is that classrooms today are becoming increasingly diverse.
Teaching Tolerance Staff - February 7, 2012
Historian Carter G. Woodson established the first Negro History Week in 1926—a celebration that later became Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, a group founded by Woodson, selects a new theme for Black History Month each year. This year’s theme is "Black Women in American Culture and History."
Trevor Barton - February 6, 2012
I am intellectually aware of Paola’s poverty. Nine out of 10 students at our school come from families whose income level meets the federal poverty guidelines. Paola, an immigrant from El Salvador, is one of them. The first-grader lives in a small apartment with her grandma, mom, sister and uncle. Combined, the adults earn less than $26,170 a year.