Teaching children is an honor

  • May 17, 2017

Teaching children is an honor. Embedded in teaching is the wonderful opportunity to develop  into our best selves.  Young children challenge us to learn from those being taught. If we have been conditioned to believe that as adults, we hold the “expert card, “ embracing a learning stance can be daunting, but it’s certainly not impossible.  The first step in reciprocal teaching and learning with children is to believe in their individual capacities to learn and teach. The second step might very well be understanding that learning from children is as powerful as teaching them.  We as teachers, families and…

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“Language Is Inextricably Connected To Culture”

“Language is inextricably connected to culture”

  • April 28, 2017

Language is inextricably connected to culture.  Since we’re all cultural beings, language is a part of our identity and humanity.  These different forms of expression represent the beauty and value of our collective lived experiences.  And yet, whether we choose to admit it or not, we make assumptions about people based not just on what comes out of peoples’ mouths, but how it comes out. There’s a disconnect when we hear a different intonation, linguistic variation, or pronunciation.  Studies have shown that tracking youth into the prison system begins as early as preschool.  Unfortunately, not every child is viewed as…

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“Love Is A Better Way”

“Love is a Better Way”

  • July 10, 2016

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank goodness we have children in our world to give us hope. So many, (too many), tragic occurrences have unfolded in our Nation recently. There is no container, nor space, big enough to hold all the grief and pain. And yet, we must summon the courage, strength, wisdom and compassion to heal the hearts and lives of our children--in doing so, we will heal our own.  Children, quite simply by their presence in our lives, require…

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Our Children, Our Hope

Our Children, Our Hope

  • May 25, 2016

"There is no trust more sacred then the one the world holds with children."  -Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary-General We must realign our collective moral compass to point us to the future of our Nation - Our Children-Our Hope When it comes to our Nation's children, our humanity often wavers precariously between justice and injustice, hope and indifference. Our policies can often be equated to a dismissive shrug, yet this can’t possibly be our intention. We’ve written books, songs, poems, and editorials throughout the years, acknowledging that “children are our future,” yet our many of our policies fall short if…

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Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

  • April 18, 2016

 “When you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou The Adverse Childhood Experiences study is no longer new research, so our claim of ignorance has long expired. We have been thrust into the uncomfortable “Now-What?”  place. You know the place.  It is an all too familiar void in space where critical, essential policies languish and sometimes die, long before they can positively impact lives. It is the space where the perceived work to turn things around seems to be so deep and broad that we don’t know where and how to begin.   Yes. We do need policies, funding and programs that…

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