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Honoring Identities Due Out in November

I am happy to announce that I have a book coming out in November. Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Honoring Identities 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…
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The Relationship Between Habits and Rewards

With the commencement of 2020, I thought I would start a ritual, where at the end of each month, I would reflect on the bright spots and write the highlight of the month on a slip of paper and toss it into a mason jar, making it my Memory Jar.  That will help with the…
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Wishing Things into Being through Writing

Say the word poetry, and many cringe, connecting their aversion to school room experiences that required dissecting a poem for its hidden meaning.  But April, which is National Poetry Month, offers an opportunity to see poetry from another angle.  When I taught high school English, I often began a poetry unit by asking the question:…
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Beauty’s Purpose/Art’s Power

Although Jimi Hendrix proclaims: “Music doesn’t lie.  If there is something to be changed in the world, then it can only happen through music,” that transformational power is not unique to music, as readers will certainly attest.    Long ago, Plato outlined three castes in his Republic: Producers, Auxiliaries, and Guardians.  As members of the Guardian…
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