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
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
Over the years, I have worked with many amazing young people. They are inspiring, energetic, and hard-working. After they complete their program, they reach out to me on social media as a way to keep in touch. These are former participants and students who I think are absolutely amazing! However, when I scroll past their… Continue reading Dear Young People: Here Are The Top 10 Ways Social Media Can Hurt You
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
Too often in our society we get caught up in our everyday activities. Random Acts of Kindness Week is the perfect opportunity for our youth to demonstrate acts of kindness to others. Here are a few FREE random acts of kindness that teens can use to show acts of kindness… Hold the door open for… Continue reading 60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens
Your administration comes to you and asks you to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) into your curriculum. They explain with exuberance, (trying to sell you on the idea) that you are a great teacher who really connects with your students and this would be a great opportunity to make a change in the community. (Argggg,… Continue reading Getting Started with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) – the Easy Way
No Name Calling Week begins on January 15 and ends January 20, 2018. It’s the largest anti-bullying initiative in the country. It affords us the opportunity, as educators, to discuss and engage in prevention and intervention activities within our schools or organizations. Name calling and bullying have been an ongoing problem within our schools and… Continue reading No Name Calling Week
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.