Voices in Education

Supporting One Another After Crisis

We often bring current events into the classroom. Before doing so, it is crucial to research, learn, and process information, so you are clear on what you want to discuss and what you want students to take away from your time together. Here are ways we can support one another before we hold space and conversations with students, especially after moments of crisis. 

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Rethinking HOW We Teach

I invite you to reflect on your current ideology. How do you view your students and their abilities? How does this manifest in your pedagogy as well as your choices and interactions? What are short-term and long-term outcomes when it comes to student learning, well-being, and growth? 

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Supporting Students by Showing Up for Ourselves

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like if one more thing went wrong that it would push you over the edge? You are not alone! 2020 has felt like 10 years in one, and there is no escaping the stressors of a global pandemic, catastrophic forest fires, school closings, extended quarantines, canceled trips, social distancing, racial injustices and all of the polarity messages we receive from social media on a daily basis. But the story doesn’t have to stop here. My relationship with stress has transformed from a place...

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Unlearning Thanksgiving: Centering Indigenous Youth Voice | Part 2

It’s important for people to take the time to educate themselves and change the narrative of Thanksgiving by taking the power away from the colonial aspect of the holiday and placing that power into family values.

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Unlearning Thanksgiving: Centering Indigenous Youth Voice | Part 1

In recognition of November being Native American Heritage month, PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs gathered perspectives from Native American students on what Thanksgiving means to them, and the importance of educating others about Native American heritage. Cordelia Falls Down, a member of the Apsáalooke Nation and United Keetoowah Band, is from the Crow reservation of Montana. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Native American Studies-Tribal Governance and Policy at University of Oklahoma. She responded to written...

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Native American Heritage Beyond the Month of November

As Alaska Native mothers, educators, and active community members, we are driven to shed light on what Indigenous students and families experience, in hopes to spark action in educators and administrators nationwide into making schools, curriculum, teaching and learning accurate and inclusive. We have created and shared a number of resources and immediate suggestions for educators. 

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Thanksgiving: Reassessing What You Think You Might Know

Sometimes Native people are expected to know everything about Natives in America. Sometimes it feels like that is one of the many requirements to be authentic or legitimate. If you feel as if you don’t know anything, or that what you know might be wrong — whether you’re Native or not — the books above are either a great place to start or a great place to start reassessing what you think you might know.

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The Importance of Windows and Mirrors in Stories

As teachers, what we choose to teach and talk about matters, and it is our job to choose topics and texts that reflect our students because they matter. For far too long, our Black, Indigenous, and students of color have either seen themselves tokenized, misrepresented, or not represented at all. It is time to reconsider what texts we view as canon, what voices we regard as worthy, and what themes, storylines, and storytelling mediums are considered academic or rigorous. It is time to select the stories that really matter: ones...

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Prioritize Media Literacy with Above the Noise

It might seem odd to write a love letter to a specific form of media, but here it is. As a twenty-year veteran educator who has managed to thrive through many an educational trend, utilizing the Above the Noise videos and the KQED Learn platform with students has been a mainstay in providing students with tools that have transformed consumers into creators and teachers into modernizers. Use Media Literacy Week, which began October 26, to re-think and re-prioritize how we integrate media and media analysis in everything we do.

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