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The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

This post was written by Climate Change and Climate Justice Programs Manager Nichole Berg. My childhood is full of cherished memories of time spent with my Aguilera family in Manly, Iowa. It was a period full of cheese-stuffed enchiladas, Maid-Rites, home-made tortillas filled with bologna and cheese and Great-Grandpa Ray’s fiery-hot salsa. It was best-friend cousins, softball, practical jokes, tire swings, chicken coops, and late … Continue reading The Role of Identity in Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

This post was written by educator Julie Yeros. Some of the most powerful tools in the classroom are books. And in my elementary classroom, diverse picture books helped propel my students toward learning about themselves and the world around them.  As a teacher, I loved to travel during holiday breaks and summers. My students were excited to hear where I had gone and what I … Continue reading How to Use Mirror and Window Books to Encourage Global Citizenship

Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

Student discourse is a major component of any classroom. Teachers work to create a learning environment that fosters critical thought and provides a safe space for new ideas. There are a wide range of facilitation techniques designed to support classroom discussion, but they don’t always allow students to voice ideas based on their own understanding of the world. When we facilitate dialogue that feels separate from students’ lives, we limit the connections they can build. Continue reading Strategy Share: Support Classroom Discussion by Incorporating Students’ Culture

National Anthems and Their Geographic Implications

In 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was signed into law as the official national anthem of the United States. While our national anthem is essentially a battle hymn (take a look at the lyrics here) that is not the case for many countries in the world. Israel and Palestine Take these translated lyrics of Israel’s national anthem: The hope of two thousand years,To be a free … Continue reading National Anthems and Their Geographic Implications

At the Explorers Festival: Jennifer Burgin

Jennifer Burgin was one of the educators who joined us at the 2018 Explorers Festival. Jennifer is an educator at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, a part of Arlington Public Schools. She was named Arlington Teacher of the Year in 2016 and has co-authored a nonfiction children’s book, A is for Arlington. As a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, Jennifer shared her experiences over the last year, … Continue reading At the Explorers Festival: Jennifer Burgin