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What We’re Reading This Week: February 21, 2020

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

Historical Black Excellence Provides a Blueprint for Reimagining Education 

ASCD 

“All children should experience the power and joy of self-discovery, and the expansion of the mind and heart to become their most excellent and brilliant selves. The lessons of our ancestors provide a perfect place to start.” 

 

What Students Want Teachers—and Facebook—to Know About Digital Citizenship 

EdSurge 

“The comments made me realize I wasn’t alone. I was never alone.” 

 

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day: Civil Rights & Activism Is ‘Very Much Alive’ In Alaska 

Indian Country Today 

“In 1945, [Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich’s] testimony helped persuade legislators to adopt the nation’s first anti-discrimination law. … ‘[She] reminds us that the challenge to make the changes that we want to see are driven through persistence, dedication, knowledge, and sheer willpower … but let's be clear, the struggle continues.’” 

 

Racist Acts by Seattle-Area Students Made News Last Year. Here’s How Schools Responded. 

The Seattle Times 

“After the public heat died down, Roosevelt staff went through racial equity training. The school purchased and displayed thousands of dollars’ worth of multilingual welcome banners and Black Lives Matter signs. But those efforts, [Malaika] Saleem said, haven’t changed what many of her fellow Black students call a chilly and unwelcoming environment.” 

 

Study Shows Race, Gender Affect Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ Ability 

Yale University 

“The bottom line is that even when you control for kids’ math and reading abilities through their test scores, we find that teachers’ perceptions of their students’ non-cognitive and academic skills differ by race, ethnicity, and gender.” 

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