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United by Books

Banned Books Week is scheduled for September 26 - October 2, 2021. Although various classrooms and libraries around the country typically participate in this annual event, I encourage everyone to celebrate the freedom to read by selecting to read one of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2020. Readers will have to decide for themselves whether…
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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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