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What We’re Reading This Week: November 1, 2019

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

With CPS Strike Now Over, Will A New Contract Agreement Transform Classrooms in Chicago Schools? 

Chicago Tribune 

“On the union’s most critical issues, leaders touted significant gains on staffing and class size, but didn’t get most of the prep time they sought. The tentative agreement is for a five-year contract, which would lock the union into two more years than they wanted.” 

 

Some Evidence for the Importance of Teaching Black Culture to Black Students 

The Hechinger Report 

“These programs are telling these young men, ‘We actually see you. You’re not invisible. We’re paying attention to you and your specific concerns,’ which they don’t often get.” 

 

How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety 

NPR 

“Exposure to stress, including discord at home, poverty and neighborhood violence, can all lead to anxiety.” 

 

‘It’s So Demeaning as an Athlete’: Muslim Teen DQ’d for Hijab Shows Need for Further Progress in Sports 

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 

“[W]e’re still singling out veiled Muslim women for participating in the sports they love. Still telling them that their identities as a Muslim and an athlete cannot co-exist without permission.” 

 

My Mexican American family never celebrated Día de Muertos. Then Abuela died. 

The Washington Post 

“I didn’t want to think of Mexico as a monoculture, to let a commercial reinterpretation of the holiday paper over the indigenous and Afro-Latino roots I wanted so badly to access. ‘Reclamation,’ in the end, isn’t such a straightforward process. I was still bringing binary thinking — border thinking — to how I saw my family and how I saw myself.”