Sara Schmidt

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Sara Schmidt is a writer, homeschooling mom, artist, wife and activist from the St. Louis area. Sara has taught in various capacities, from a European at-risk program and college support services to American Red Cross service corps. She writes for the Institute for Democratic Education in America and is inspired by nonconformist teachers, guerrilla learning, free schools, peaceful revolution, living outside the box and above all, kids.

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Gear Up for No Name-Calling Week! The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will sponsor its 10th annual No Name-Calling Week, January 20-24, 2014. This event presents...
Understand the Essence of César Chávez César Chávez, farm worker and civil rights activist, is one of the most inspiring heroes in American history. I worry that students will not get a...
Using Cell Phones to Bridge Gaps and Engage Youth When I first heard about teachers using texting as a classroom tool, I rolled my eyes. I am not a fan of texting. I find it distracting in everyday...
Primary Grades are Ready to Talk Peace In my language arts classes, I constructed my own simple peace curriculum for ages 5-7 out of picture books from the library. I expand on themes we...
Let’s Hear It for Youth Activists! I am in awe of young people. Today, for example, I read about a group of teens in Louisville, Ky. who continued to speak on LGBT issues. High...
Take Mix It Up Beyond One Day I love teaching in a co-op with other homeschoolers and former public educators. We are an incredibly diverse group—racially, ability-wise and...
Educators Set the Bar for Respect As a high school sophomore, I loved debate. My coach was a quirky, intelligent man whom I greatly admired. I learned a lot from him. It bothered me,...
Coming Out as a Safe Zone for LGBT Students? In an ideal world, our students would be safe to openly be who they are at all times. Since the world we live in is far from ideal, we must support...
Help Students Connect with Heroes, Not Bullies Today, thousands of people will stand against bullying and wear a blue T-shirt in a worldwide event to raise awareness about bullying. It is known as...
Unexpected Stereotypes and How to Combat Them Whether it’s the bully or the blonde, the nerd or the jock, most of us are familiar with a wide range of stereotypes. We’ve also been affected by...
Bully Stereotype Can Mask the Bigger Issue 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...
Size Bias Does Not Justify Bullying A war on obesity is raging. Everyone from Jillian Michaels to Michelle Obama is calling for all Americans to lose the fat. But as doctors spend...
Pets Make Great Teachers of Compassion Children can learn a thing or two from pets. They learn responsibility through feeding and caring for their furry friends. They learn about loss...
Books Help Open Talks About LGBT Issues One reason there are so many incidences of anti-gay bullying is a simple lack of understanding. Introducing kids to LGBT topics at an early age, in a...