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Honoring Identities Fosters Civil Discourse

My recently released book, Honoring Identities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural Identity Literature to build bridges and to normalize difference, and fostering…
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Kindness Matters Everyday

Random Acts of Kindness Day was first created in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 by a small nonprofit organization, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). Nine years later it spread to New Zealand. Now, it often gets national recognition as World Kindness Day or National Random Acts of Kindness Day®. This year, we celebrate Random…
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Find the Pony: Choose Joy

Happy Holidays is a common utterance during this time of year, a wish that prompted me to consider the topic of happiness. Although I don’t typically struggle with contentment, I have certainly experienced periods of dark discontent and unhappy bitterness, and I know others who endure that struggle often. I have avoided writing about this…
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Flawed to Perfection

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the notion of flaws and how we often perceive them with negativity. Perhaps, we need to interrogate the idea of feeling flawed. Applying critical thinking to that notion and shifting our perspectives, we might consider how mistakes are simply evidence of having taken a risk and come away…
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