Voices in Education

Strategies to Deconstruct Media and Encourage Media Literacy

We have the power to shift and course correct with the power of education. Although we use digital media more than ever, we can create brave spaces in our schools and homes that will encourage our children to create, explore and advocate for themselves and others around them. There is power in understanding. Power in choice. Power in expressing opinions.

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Help Students Explore Election Issues, Not Election Hype

Teaching Election 2020 may feel like the rest of 2020: complex, hard to predict and packed with teachable moments. Whether your students are preparing to vote for the first time, already engaged in civic activities or are still figuring out where they stand, KQED’s Above the Noise breaks down multiple perspectives around election issues. A video series designed to cut through the hype was never so needed.  

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Decode the Election with the PBS Electoral Decoder

In my government and history courses, the Electoral College map becomes a familiar touchstone for students. We follow, in four-year cycles, the values we hold and what changes are afoot. The PBS Electoral Decoder, part of the extensive collection of PBS LearningMedia resources, is a fantastic tool to help students unearth these stories.

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Hear Directly From Students: Election 2020

With the Covid-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and racial injustice movements dominating their world, many young people are eager to use their ballot as a way to enact change. 

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Engaging Young People in Politics

Young people’s relationship with politics is complex and problematized. They are seen both as the group who disengages politically, yet also at the forefront of major political movements. At the age of 19, in March 2017, I decided to run for the Cook County Board of Commissioners against a 16-year Democratic incumbent.

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Teaching About Elections During an Election Year

As we are in the midst of the election season, there is no better time to teach our students the importance of civic engagement and the history of our political process.

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Elevating Hispanic/Latinx History All Year

To think that as an educator, I could reframe my own thinking, reframe the structures and systems that have been created within our own educational systems, I could help my students see themselves. We could all do that. We could utilize our curriculum as a window and mirror for students, and it begins with what curriculum and mediums we choose. 

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The Road to Representation - Creating the Crunchy Life Kid’s Series

In 2018, I created a world in which the main character of my series, Charles Anthony Thomas, was free to dream, question and express his anger as he takes the readers on a roller coaster of a ride through his fictional fifth-grade school year. Remember, “Sometimes life can get a little crunchy but never give up.”

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Finding Ways to Reflect and Recharge During Difficult Times

Anytime we experience change, it disrupts our worlds. I chose to make some big life changes in 2018, but COVID-19 has forced change upon everyone, and the hardest part is that no one chose it and there is no foreseeable end date. This leaves us all with a few choices. How do I choose to respond to the things that I can’t control? How do I choose to show up for others? How do I ground myself in the present moment so I can be present for others?  

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