The world and our classrooms are filled with a rich mix of cultural identities. We want our students to feel welcomed and accepted for who they are, and not made to feel less than because of their differences. Even if we don’t have a diverse student population in our classrooms or programs, we want to… Continue reading How to Incorporate more Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom
Every day, we encounter microaggressions and myths about Hispanic heritage. Microaggressions can be subconscious and subtle bias towards a marginalized group of people. Although some people may feel they are making a statement to connect to someone from a Hispanic or Latino(a) background, the statements can be really insensitive, inappropriate, or even offensive. In our… Continue reading Popular Myths You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage
I am so excited to be a part of the 12 Days of December Blog Hop and Giveaway! I am working with some amazing secondary educator-authors to write about how we can bring “comfort and joy” into the classroom during the holiday season. As educators, it’s really exciting to add some sparkle and bling to… Continue reading Embracing A Multicultural Holiday Season In The Classroom
I am really excited to be able to share the first post in a new series, These Lives Matter. This blog series highlights men and women of color who have been successful in their fields. They’ve each made a positive impact in our communities and are positive examples of what we can achieve. They’re willing… Continue reading These Lives Matter: Nathan Louis Jackson Writer for Luke Cage
Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook posts and came across the amazing accomplishments posted by friends, family, and colleagues. I was so glad to finally see positive images of people of color on social media.
We are nearing the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, and the mention, celebration, and media coverage in New York City are extremely underwhelming. The most discussion in the media about Hispanic peoples has been around Trump’s idea to build a wall and keep out the Mexican immigrants. I’ve yet to see any positive celebration of… Continue reading Have We Neglected Hispanic Heritage Month?
When working with teens or young adults, it doesn’t matter how dynamic, well-prepared, or up-to-date you are with youth culture (but it doesn’t hurt); the most important thing is building positive relationships. Once you form a trusting relationship, you can become the “Pied Piper” to teens and young adults.
Youth of color are smart, insightful, passionate, strong, proactive leaders who are business savvy. They think about the multitude of options presented to them and make informed decisions about their futures. How amazing would it be if this were the way youth of color were perceived by greater society or by our youth themselves?