Teaching in the Time of Trump: An Action Plan

I have the honor of teaching 12th graders this year, a group I have taken from 9th grade — jittery, loopy handwriting, matchy-matchy outfits — through 10th, 11th, and now, to their senior year, when they breathe in, and breathe out into futures of their making. I also have the dubious honor and real responsibility… More Teaching in the Time of Trump: An Action Plan

On Living in the Contradictions: Messy Reflections on Teaching Intersectional Feminism

I am currently teaching the most difficult inquiry I have ever embarked upon. I am putting the capital D in Dangerous right now, people. I am teaching my juniors a unit on intersectional feminism. My guiding questions are: What is intersectional feminism? How does it work as a lens to uncover oppression? How might it help us… More On Living in the Contradictions: Messy Reflections on Teaching Intersectional Feminism

Creating Reparations: How Might We Nurture the Unreasonable Imagination?

I have focused the second quarter of my 11th grade American History curriculum on reading Ta-Nahisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations” as a lens through which to look at post-Reconstruction America. His writing and ideas are, as is now widely known and recognized, lyrical, compelling, challenging and important. I may, at some point, post something more… More Creating Reparations: How Might We Nurture the Unreasonable Imagination?

On Cultivating Radical Imagination, or Why I Will Never Teach Debate Again

This past Friday afternoon after dismissal, I was putting errant chairs up on desks, collecting student journals to read and stuffing papers into my backpack to grade over the weekend, and I got word of the Paris attacks. I turned on the radio and scrolled through social media to find information, and I listened to… More On Cultivating Radical Imagination, or Why I Will Never Teach Debate Again

On 20% Time, Autonomy, and Standards: What Do Young People in Oakland Wonder About?

I want to be honest and announce that the best part of this post is the very end. The end of the post answers the question that I wish many people would actually ask: what do young people in Oakland really wonder about?  But first, an explanation of how I am able to post these questions.… More On 20% Time, Autonomy, and Standards: What Do Young People in Oakland Wonder About?

Dressing Dangerously

I spent way too much time this week struggling with my administrative team over a teenage girl’s belly and thighs. This was not how I wanted to spend my week. Being forced to think about it, though, has allowed me to develop and articulate another aspect of my Teaching Dangerously Manifesto: I have no f#$%s to give… More Dressing Dangerously

Talk to Teachers: Ethnic Studies is Essential

Evelyn is an 11th grade Xicana student whose passions include feminism and immigrant rights. Last year, she created this website, https://prisonsystemawarenessforteens.wordpress.com when she worked on a class action suit against solitary confinement in California prisons.  Dear Arizona Department of Education, I am a 16  year old student from Oakland, CA. I first learned what was going on… More Talk to Teachers: Ethnic Studies is Essential