Carrie Craven

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Carrie Craven currently works as an ELA paraprofessional and intervention specialist at a second-year charter school in Louisiana. She moved from Seattle as  a Teach for America cohort in Louisiana. For three years she taught middle-school writing and language arts the New Orleans area. She earned an interdisciplinary degree in the Social Art of Language.


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School Change Requires Entire Community School can be a frustrating place, not only for students, but also for teachers, parents and community members. Many adults want to maintain...
In Support of All Body Types Ronjanae broke down recently. She said she felt like “the only overweight child at this school.” This is not true, but it is understandable that she...
Simple Mix Idea Brings Fun, Laughter to Lunch At first the idea sounded too simple to be anything worthwhile. Have students sit with someone new at lunch? How much effect could that really have?...
Excited to Mix It Up in New Orleans More than half the students in my middle school receive special education services or some extra help for academics or behavior. We polled our...
Identifying Ways to Let Your Students Shine What would it look like if schools offered every child daily opportunities to do something in which they excel? What if, instead of just celebrating...
When Language Intersects with Race and Culture The room was quiet. In our staff development session, we had just watched a short video about the best way to instruct our students in speaking...
A Caution About Labels At my school, we often call a student’s misbehavior a “poor choice.” A staff member suggested that the phrase unintentionally promotes a bias against...
Student Expulsion is a Last Resort Ms. Simmons had two first-grade boys by the arms. “Fighting in the bathroom,” she said. “Send them home.”  It’s the second week of day camp...
Cleaning the Middle School Mess with Teamwork In New Orleans it’s called “mess.” That cancerous, manipulative drama that teenage girls get wrapped up in every year. We dealt with our share of it...
Keep Trying Even When the Student is Prickly Rodrigue drove me nuts. He stood too close and talked too much. If his hand was raised and I didn’t call on him, his face would contort and he would...
Sharing Overcomes Stigma of Asperger’s Sarah had a strange way about her. She would focus so completely on whatever she was reading that she seemed oblivious to the world around her....
A Tale of Two Students During spring break, I was reminded of what a huge impact a small decision can make. I caught up on information about two former students: Richard...
Seeing the Pain Beneath the Challenge Carlisha certainly has her share of challenges. I work with her both in small groups and one-on-one. Sometimes she falls asleep, which she attributes...
Students Must not be Treated as Criminals I don’t remember exactly what instigated it, but something had made Cashanda mad. She positioned herself—and her desk—right smack in front of the...
For the Love of Our Hair My day begins supervising fourth-grade recess. It’s a nice way to ease into being in the school building, where I often cringe at how we insist that...
Death Comes Early, Often to the Poor A plea from students. Editor’s Note: This month, Teaching Tolerance launched a new series of lessons called Issues of Poverty. This week’s featured...
The Courage to Speak Up I didn’t say a word. I never saw myself as a person to let a homophobic comment slide. Even from another adult. Even from someone with more power...
Defining the Line Between Fun and Bias Man, am I just a total killjoy? I struggled today with a decision whether or not to dress up for Spirit Week. Monday was Crazy Sock Day; Tuesday,...
Students Need Skills to Say No to Fist Fights We must teach conflict resolution, empathy and individual responsibility to students as deliberately as we teach math and science. Schools will not...
Stamping Out Disrespect in Class “Man that boy booty sweaty!”  The comment rang out in a room that was supposed to be silent. Although the student whose “booty” was being...
Exploring the Power of the N-word “Ms. Craven, we can put ‘nigga?’”  I pause. Images of earnest sitting-in-a-circle chats in college flash through my brain: A classmate from...
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Letting the Inspiration Flow  Photograph by Richard OlivierToward the end of the school year, our students hosted a spoken word event. A couple of staff members performed,...