The World We Live In

March 06, 2018 by Guest Student Author


by Gabrielle (Bri) Rooks '18

Sometimes, I find myself thinking about all the things I would change in our world. For example, ending world hunger or helping to reduce poverty rates. The list seems endless. I can think about these topics hours on end, even finding myself having long discussions with my peers about how we need to change the world. Now I sit here ashamed because I don’t want to just sit and complain about all the things that need to be changed but I need to get up and do something. I have so much respect for those people who try to make an impact. I want to give back to the world that has given so much to me.

Intersections: What is good pedagogy?

March 06, 2018 by Bill Ivey

This question was posed by José Vilson during a presentation at SXSW Education on How Educators Lead With Equity in Mind.

Every day, when I walk into my classroom, I’m thinking “Who are these kids, what do they need in general, and what does it look like they need today?” To my thinking, good pedagogy is quite simply that which enables me to know the answers to those questions and fulfill those needs.

Filed Under: Middle School, LGBT Support, intersectionality, anti-racism, equity, Feminism, Middle Level Education, This We Believe, Best self, Intsersections, Equity pedagogy

Intersections: Taking Inclusion for a Test Drive

March 05, 2018 by Bill Ivey

When Frances McDormand ended her epic Oscars thank you speech with the two words, “Inclusion rider,” I’ll admit I was one of millions of viewers who wasn’t sure what exactly she meant. It had the feel of “freedom riders,” and if so, I loved the ideas of finding strength in taking definitive action and of not quitting until the world becomes a better place.

Filed Under: intersectionality, anti-racism, gender equity, equity, Feminism, Oscars, Intsersections

Intersections: Emerging

February 24, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“I am not a pretty girl. That is not what I… do.” - ani difranco

It’s 10 days after Parkland and, while some of the initial rawness has subsided, I know many teachers who are still having difficulty sleeping, having nightmares when they do get to sleep, crying on basically a daily basis. While one of my colleagues and I were discussing actions the kids here are resolving to take, she told me, choking back tears, “I just feel so helpless.” My office mate and I had a long conversation yesterday in which she pointed out she was so young when Columbine happened that she can’t remember a time when we didn’t have to worry about school shootings. She’s profoundly angry about that, and goodness knows I would be.

Filed Under: intersectionality, social justice, media, Feminism, StudentVoice, Student support, Intersections, gun violence, school shootings, Student Activism, Nevetheless she persisted

Intersections: 2018 Fenn School Multicultural Educators’ Forum, part two

February 21, 2018 by Bill Ivey

In writing up Sonia Nazario’s keynote speech for the Fenn School Multicultural Educators’ Forum, I deliberately left out a number of details in order to focus on the central story. While it makes a smoother narrative and hopefully helps focus on the power of her story, it neglects some important facts and details she deliberately and skillfully wove in. Among them:

Filed Under: anti-racism, social justice, Professional development, diversity, Feminism, Sonia Nazario

Intersections: The Power of Story

February 20, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Sonia Nazario began her powerful keynote speech for the Fenn School Multicultural Educators’ Forum by telling her own story. Born in the U.S., the daughter of immigrants, her parents’ home of Argentina was at the time a place where simply possessing and/or sharing knowledge (especially the truth about what was happening in the country) was seen by the government as so dangerous it could get you killed. She grew up being told she was the “dumb jock” in the family and, being the only brown kid in her school, was not counseled to go to college. She nonetheless enrolled at Williams College, where it was quite hard for her at the start. But her immigrant determination served her well, as it has helped our country, and she eventually realized the other students were not smarter than her, they were simply better prepared.

Filed Under: social justice, media, Immigration, Story, Sonia Nazario, Enrique's Journey

Intersections: Something We Create Together

February 18, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“The idea that only special people can create change is useful if you want to prevent mass movements and keep change from happening.” (Lyn Mikel Brown)

“Maybe the kids will save us.” It’s a phrase I periodically and not infrequently hear among teachers, along with “They give me hope.” I’ve said it myself - just two days ago, in fact - and no doubt will continue to, because I do firmly believe it. And on that horrible Wednesday, when the last Rock Band group of the night smiled and thanked me and walked out the door laughing together and there was nothing left to enable me to wall off my emotions about the news from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one of my first responses was to turn immediately back to the kids. I asked Windsor’s permission to post her beautiful and powerful All School email to our blog, and she quickly and graciously agreed. It has become our most widely read blog post ever, and for good reason.

Filed Under: Feminism, girls' school, StudentVoice, feminist school, gun violence, school shootings

Intersections: Rediscovering Hope

February 16, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“Hey, Bill, can we trade instruments and make a lot of noise?” It’s not the kind of request I would normally go for, much as I value student voice, but I knew it was Thursday evening and the lead singer for the middle school rock band was still on their way, having gotten out of theatre rehearsal late and needing to grab a quick dinner. I said, “Let’s do it!” The kids shouted happily and jumped up and ran, practically running each other over, eventually settling into place. I counted off - 1, 2, 1 2 3 4 - and the grand and joyous cacophony began.

Filed Under: student voice, Feminism, Women's March, Student work, Safe Schools, gun violence, school shootings

What can we do...?

February 14, 2018 by Guest Student Author

Hello SBS community, 

Earlier this school year, I gave a speech in class meeting about gun violence and the Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. As a united class, we wrote emails to our state officials, senators, and representatives, asking what their plan of action was, to protect the lives of citizens and anyone in the United States. 

Filed Under: StudentVoice, Student Writing, Safe Schools, gun violence, school shootings

Intersections: Ongoing Conversations

February 08, 2018 by Bill Ivey

“But don’t you think there are differences between men and women?” I thought for a moment, and responded, “Well, I know that brain differences at birth are minimal, and it seems to me that the gender constructs created by society drastically amplify those differences.” The conversation continued for a moment, still focused on binary gender differences, and I added, “But we don’t even know what would happen if a child were to actually grow up in a non-patriarchal society. I only know of a few isolated examples.” My friend affirmed that a few matriarchies do exist, at a minimum two in China that she knew of.

Filed Under: intersectionality, Feminism, Gender Diversity, gender activism, Intersections, Cultures