Why antiracism cannot be fully complete without Black and Asian-American solidarity.

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The rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes in my country fueled the writing of this piece. But, I could not decide which aspect of Asian oppression on which to focus. Should I shine a light on the historical Asian-American abuse in this country? Should this focus solely on the data related to crimes against Asian-Americans? What about the Asian population at large? Should I focus this on the protests in Hong Kong, the Myanmar coup, Uighur oppression, the farmer’s protest in India? …


How Hamilton: An American Musical helped me redefine my own patriotism

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Hamilton: An American Musical is riddled with historical inaccuracies. Yet, somehow it has reawakened my latent patriotism. The work features exceptionally talented Black American, Latin American, Asian American, and other actors of color, yet still omits the non-White voices present during our nation’s founding. Sally Hemings, the one BIPOC historical character mentioned, “Sally, be a dear…” isn’t even given any lines! But, I like to think that the choice was an intentional nod to Black women who continue to be ignored and mistreated in today’s society; it probably isn’t. …


Is being patient with people’s ignorance or biases worth it?

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Two recent interactions led me to speculate on what it takes to create allies and change minds and hearts.

The first interaction was online. We disagreed, but we had a decent back-and-forth, and back-and-forth is typically a good thing as it implies engagement. However, an intriguing study based on analysis of the subreddit Change My View noted, “[T]oo much engagement can indicate futile insistence; in fact, after 5 rounds of back-and-forth, the challenger has virtually no chance of receiving a ∆.” The delta symbol indicated that someone’s mind was changed. As you can probably guess, we went past that number.


Why the struggle to become middle-class can feel alienating, painful, and nearly impossible

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When I was 12, my family started working with a realtor to move into our first house! Up until that time, I moved around a lot. I’d go from living in charming townhomes to housing projects in one state, then be whisked away to live in decent apartment complexes in a different suburban one.

The advantages of being both a military brat and a child of divorce.

My parents always made sure they involved me during house hunting. They took me to every house with them and allowed me to put forth my opinion, which typically amounted to little more…


What a reexamination of myself as a feminist taught me about revolution

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When I was in undergrad, I would use the following logic to help my friends realize they were feminists.

“Are you a feminist?” I’d ask.

“No… I don’t think so,” or “I’m not sure,” my friends most often replied.

“Do you believe societies should treat women equally?” I’d continue.

“Yes, of course!” They’d say.

“Well, then you’re a feminist!”

The problem was that I was using my logic to prove that the term “feminist” was meaningless. I could not convince one person to state that women should not be equal to men. …


Why Elijah McClain’s story hit me harder than most.

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“My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different.”

Those words have been haunting me for the past few weeks. I hear them when I think of the individual students I’ve taught. I hear them when I remember friends I haven’t seen in months, which are almost all of my friends nowadays. I hear them when I think of myself: those words, that cadence. I’m positive a smaller teenaged me has said some version of that to someone.

“Hello, my name is B. I’m an introvert. I’m just different.”

In…


How data collection and presentation is linked to performance.

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(This is the final part of this series. Each section functions independently, but here are Part I and Part II for the curious.)

According to Dr. Iris Garner, a National Research Consultant, these are the most common data used to assess any individual student’s performance:

Assessment, Attendance, Behavior, Benchmarks, Classwork, Demographics, Grades, Health, Homework, Investment, Leadership, Observation, Participation, Quizzes, Results, Socio-economic, Tests

Dr. Garner clarifies that this list does not cover all data, but when used to coach a teacher, it should be recognized that the above emphasized words are achievement measures. Achievement measures are paramount to a school’s success…


How consistently drawing on limited data can cause talented people to fail.

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Part I of this series can be found here, but reading it is unnecessary to understand this post. This part will focus on how limited data misguides us.

According to a Department of Defense report, “Raw data by itself has relatively limited utility.” It explains that data is not useful without proper processing and that the information obtained is how we create intelligence. It goes on to say, “Intelligence allows anticipation or prediction of future situations and circumstances, and it informs decisions by illuminating the differences in available courses of action.”

So, in an academic setting, the process should look…


How Data-Driven Instruction Almost Made Me Leave Teaching

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There are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens popularized that phrase. The phrase lives in direct opposition to the axiom “numbers don’t lie” and challenges those who use statistics to strengthen weak arguments. After all, that idea is reductive and fails to get at the ultimate truth that while numbers don’t lie, people do. According to a 2007 study by researchers Gina Schuyler Ikemoto and Julie A. Marsh, Data-Driven Decision Making (DDDM) is, “teachers, principals, and administrators systematically collecting and analyzing data to guide a range of decisions to help improve the success of students and schools.”…


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I’m a teacher, and Distance Learning nearly broke me. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more frustrated in my work. Now, this frustration may not be comfortable, but it’s familiar. Speaking of , let’s discuss the TED Talk Rita Pierson gave about why being the champion your students need is an essential part of teaching. It is often played for teachers at the beginning of a school year to motivate them. Administrators have played this video enough times that it may seem tired, but 1.) it is an exceptional Ted Talk and 2.) I recently learned that a little…

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