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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Four)

So far in this blog series, I’ve shown the discrepancies between the proportion of Black, Latine, and economically disadvantaged students in a large school district and the representation of students from these identity groups in the district’s elite gifted school. I’ve also analyzed some of the reasons for these inequities. The table below illustrates the …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Three)

Welcome back to my blog series. In Part 1, I explained that the series is an update to my June 2021 article, Promoting Privilege: Selecting Students for a Public Gifted School, a research-based analysis of reasons that Black, Latine, and economically disadvantaged students are grossly underrepresented at a large school district’s state-of-the-art gifted school. Before …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part Two)

In Part 1, I explained that the purpose of this blog series is to provide updates to my June 2021 journal article. In the article, I analyzed the criteria for identifying gifted students at a large school district and the procedures used to admit children to the district’s exclusive gifted school. These criteria and procedures …

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Chapter Four: Open letter to society on behalf of my students

If you have followed my journey you will know that I entered the classroom this year with a bit of trepidation and hesitation. In all honesty, teaching was quite literally the LAST thing I ever thought I would do. But after observing education through my children’s experiences and reflecting on my own, I wanted to …

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My student evaluations came in today, and I haven’t got it in me to open them

I don’t know about you, but I’ve probably had one of, if not the, hardest semester in 28 years of teaching. I’ve taught in different countries, in many different educational environments, but this last year has been just the toughest. Yet I have it so much easier than most.  My current role is as an …

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Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. (Part One)

My most recent journal article, Promoting Privilege: Selecting Students for a Public Gifted School, was published one year ago this month. In the article, I scrutinized a large school district’s criteria for identifying gifted students, as well as the district’s procedures for admitting children to its prestigious gifted school.   The article caught the attention of …

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The Despair of Knowing That Nothing Is Going to Change – Part Two

In part one of this two-part blog, I shared a post I wrote ten years ago about why America will do nothing about gun control. It was written after the Sandy Hook Massacre. At the time of writing this, yet another school shooting has occurred in Uvalde, Texas. In the years since Sandy Hook, there …

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The Despair of Knowing That Nothing Is Going to Change – Part One

Like everyone, hearing the news of yet another tragic school shooting, so soon after a racially motivated mass shooting the week before, has filled me with a sense of despair. I wanted to say something online, to write something poignant and meaningful, but I just couldn’t find the words. I’m thankful that our host, Meghan …

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