Reflections on the hard work of inclusion

The following are excerpts from a column by Whitney Mestelle: Braving Idaho: The importance of inclusion and the hard work ahead for Idahoans When you set out to create change, you will not always get it right, sometimes in fact you will get it very wrong. Your actions should teach bravery, not perfection, and when…

Virtual Event: Nikkolas Smith and Namrata Tripathi launch THE 1619 PROJECT: BORN ON THE WATER in conversation with Jason Reynolds

Crossposted at Young People’s Pavilion “BORN ON THE WATER isn’t just a reframing of American history; it reframes how children, especially Black children, are taught their own history.” – Essence Celebrate the launch of THE 1619 PROJECT: BORN ON THE WATER! Join Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Lit. Bar for a virtual event on Thursday, November 18 @ 7:30PM ET with…

Discrimination at School Harms Development of Young English Language Learners

When schools view children of immigrants positively, the students are more likely to form “positive connections with the larger U.S. society.” Conversely, focusing on their lack of English ability or knowledge of U.S. culture during their early years can negatively affect their personal development and academic trajectories, according to Education Week. Discrimination can take four…

Making Geosciences More Accesible

Big news: Please share this attempt to offer an accessible geology field course. An inaugural class of STEM students at the undergraduate and graduate level is being recruited. If you know interested people (entering their second year of college or beyond) please pass this along. The program is being run by the University of Florida,…

California teacher in fake headdress mimicks Native Americans in video

A Riverside high school teacher has been placed on leave after a viral video recorded by a student showed her hollering and dancing around a classroom in a fake feathered headdress, sparking outrage from the Native American community, school officials, and local politicians, the LA Times reports. The video, which was posted online on Wednesday,…

Here’s How to Talk to Your Kids About Race

White parents often avoid talking openly about race with white children because of the unfounded fear that it will call attention to differences that kids wouldn’t otherwise notice. Some insist their kids are just too young for such conversations, writes Kelsey Borresen in Huffington Post. Yet research indicates that even infants can recognize differences in skin color. By preschool…