Creating space to explore identity with students

This post was written by California educator Jorge Pacheco Jr.  I’ve always known that I was different. When I started kindergarten, I learned pretty quickly that school wasn’t the place for me. I was classified as an English learner and a special education student and a lot of stigma came from those labels. After the first day of kindergarten, when my dad came to pick … Continue reading Creating space to explore identity with students

Gosei as an Identity Marker

My intersectional identity as a female of Japanese descent also reminds me of the deep-seated settler intonations when I stand at the front of a classroom, knowing that over 25% of all teachers statewide are Japanese, while only 9% of students are. Data are inverted for the Native Hawaiian or Part Hawaiian representation at 10% of teachers and 25% of the total student population. The percent of Asian teachers nationwide pales at 2.1%, suggesting a microcosmic experience of overrepresentation in Hawaiʻi, but retaining an extremely minoritized status in the United States. Continue reading Gosei as an Identity Marker

National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce the 14th Annual Cohort of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. Around this time last year, 50 exemplary educators were selected to receive a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a field-based professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. A month after the cohort was informed of their selection, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and travel was put on hold—along with their fellowship … Continue reading National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce the 14th Annual Cohort of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

A Year in Review: The 10 Good Things That Inspired Us in 2020

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. This year was like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Just as 2020 changed our world, it changed education as well. The global pandemic shut down schools prompting an enormous transition to remote and hybrid learning. Along the way, another epidemic continued—of violence against the Black community—sparking a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. For these reasons … Continue reading A Year in Review: The 10 Good Things That Inspired Us in 2020

#TeacherStrong Is Sharing When You’re Not Okay, Too

This post was written by educator and 2020 Education Fellow Dwayne Reed. As 2020 comes to an end and we educators prepare for a much-needed winter break, I want to communicate that it’s okay to not be okay. It can be #TeacherStrong to share when you are struggling. As a human, and especially as a teacher where so many other humans count on me, it … Continue reading #TeacherStrong Is Sharing When You’re Not Okay, Too