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Racial Bias in Parent Communication

March 20, 2017

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Racial Bias

Several months ago I completed a quick online test from Project Complicit that was designed to measure implicit stereotyping and biases. The process was really thought provoking and it lead to several good conversations with colleagues about how we interact with students.  One thing that I hadn’t considered at the time was how dramatically an educator’s […]

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Understanding vs. Appreciating

March 15, 2017

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Supporting Families

I read a case study this week that ended up leading to some great discussion with a few colleagues.  The study told the story of a 13 year old Vietnamese boy named Khoi who had lived with his mother in Seattle for the last 8 months.   Khoi was suspended from school for 5 days for standing too […]

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Teaching on purpose

December 26, 2016

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My 9 year old is obsessed with soccer right now.  It seems like he’s constantly dribbling a ball around the house, trying new moves to get by his brothers and sister, passing the ball off the walls over and over, and seeing how many times he can juggle the ball without it touching the ground. […]

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Values and Stories

September 17, 2016

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I recently read an article written by business management guru Patrick Lencioni called “Make Your Values Mean Something.” Lancioni breaks values into 4 distinct categories in order to distinguish “Core Values” from other types of values that might distract an organization if they are wrongly deemed “Core.” “Core values,” he says, “are the deeply ingrained […]

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