A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools

Show Support for LGBT Students this Wednesday

Isabella Nuzzo - August 14, 2012

This past spring, one of my friends at Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tenn. wore a T-shirt on the Day of Silence – a national observance to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying and harassment. Her shirt displayed the slogan, "Lesbian and Proud."

Summit Illuminates Immigrant Student Bullying

Alice Pettway - August 14, 2012

Last week’s Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C., shone light on an often overlooked group—immigrant students.

Can Connected Educator Tackle Technology Equity?

Lisa Ann Williamson - August 13, 2012

It’s undeniable. Technology is in the classroom in new and instructive ways. Flipped classrooms and interactive instruction videos created by teachers for use by students at home are becoming more popular. Teachers are emerging as bloggers, creating classroom websites and using other digital products. Technology offers the potential to level the playing field for students without direct access to resources available to other students in more affluent schools.

How Many Studies Does It Take?

Alice Pettway - August 9, 2012

Every time a new study is released showing black students are suspended at far higher rates than any of their peers, the public seems shocked. Words like “race” and “school to prison pipeline” and “discrimination” find their way into headlines—and then the issue fades away yet again.

After Tragedy, Rally Students for Change

Ashley Lauren Samsa - August 9, 2012

The day after Valentine’s Day 2008, I watched my 1st period students file into the room. They were uncharacteristically quiet. When the bell rang, they all looked at me, waiting to hear how I might make sense of the previous night’s tragedy when Steven Philip Kazmierczak opened fire in Cole Hall on Northern Illinois University’s campus, shooting 21 people and killing five.

We Honor Sikhs by Learning about Them

Maureen Costello - August 6, 2012

We know little about the motives of the gunman who opened fire yesterday in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Many of us will monitor the news during the day, hoping to learn more about what the shooter thought he was doing, sure to hear more about the heroism and horror inside the building.

Tending to Our Students Before Tragedy Strikes

Trevor Barton - August 3, 2012

The e-mail message was direct and devastating. One of our fourth-graders had been killed in a gun accident. “Davius had gone to a friend's house to play and apparently a gun was discharged and the bullet struck him,” my principal wrote. “He died at the scene." I sat in stunned silence. A memory of a story Davius wrote for me in November flashed across my mind.

Bully Stereotype Can Mask the Bigger Issue

Sara Schmidt - August 2, 2012

Many of us imagine a typical bully. This child is usually a boy. It’s likely that he is bullied at home—at the hands of a parent or guardian. Not only is this idea a stereotype, but it’s often false; anyone can be a bully.

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