Spoken Word

January 21, 2019 by Guest Student Author

by Yanique Jacques

Filed Under: Black pride, Students of Color, Martin Luther King Day, student voice, anti-racism

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

January 15, 2019 by Bill Ivey

On October 26, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” to the students of Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia. You may view video footage of the speech taped by Rodges Lawton, a student in attendance, here, and a transcript follows, downloaded from yousubtitles.com and revised by Bill Ivey in comparison to the video. Additional suggestions are always welcome.

Filed Under: Martin Luther King Jr, Life's Blueprint, Intersections, anti-racism

Intersections: Choosing your battles

January 12, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Recently, I got called out on Twitter. It used to be, like many (most?) of us, that being told I was causing offense, being racist, and/or hindering the work for social justice would lead me to break out in a panicky sweat, want to figuratively or even literally run away, and/or passionately defend myself as “a good person.” By now, though, it’s happened often enough that I’ve learned to view it positively as someone caring enough to engage with me, to challenge me to do better in their eyes (granting that this is easier to process via social media than in the immediacy of face-to-face conversations). And I’ve learned that at such moments, their eyes are generally seeing things I would otherwise miss and that I really need to know. Trying to remain open to being called out, whether on Twitter, in person, or wherever, has enabled me to learn and grow more quickly and more surely than I otherwise would have been able to - in short, to be a better ally.

Filed Under: social justice, social media, anti-racism, LGBT Support, Feminism

Intersections: Happy New Year 2019

January 07, 2019 by Bill Ivey

As much as I love the warmth, sunlight, and pace of the summer, there is something about this time of year that also appeals to me. Part of it is that sense of resilience you get for toughing it out during a New England winter; part of it is the contrast of the darkness with starlight, moonlight, and the brightness of hats, mittens, and scarves; and part of it is the protectiveness of the darkness itself. As the light retreats and the world seems to close in on itself, introspection comes naturally, even if you are all about daily learning and growth, and whether or not you are of a mind to actually make resolutions

Filed Under: new year, Student Activism, StudentVoice, anti-racism, Feminism, feminist school, LGBT Support

Intersections: A practice of invitation and grace

November 04, 2018 by Bill Ivey

title taken from the closing keynote of the 2018 AISNE Diversity Conference, given by Darnell Moore.

I had an excellent day at the 2018 AISNE Diversity Conference. I attended:

  • Opening Keynote: “Understanding & Dismantling Privilege: The Importance of Disrupting White Silence, by Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
  • Workshop I: “Transgender Student, Faculty, and Family Experiences,” a panel facilitated by Alex Myers
  • Student Panel: “Be Inspired: Student Voices, facilitated by Erica Ramirez
  • Workshop II: “Using Oppressed Identities to Face White Privilege," with Robin Di Angelo
  • Closing Keynote: “Beyond Tolerance: LGBTIQAP Students and the Need for Loving Policies & Practices,” by Darnell Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire

Filed Under: AISNE, diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, LGBTQ+ Support, Student support, StudentVoice

Intersections: GLSEN Massachusetts Spring Conference 2018

April 28, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Of course there was a point on the ride out to Boston where the kids were singing show tunes. How could there not be?! Singing “We raise a glass...” from “La Vie Bohème” at the top of their lungs, they all clinked their Dunkin’ Donut cups, their faces lit up by smiles.

Filed Under: LGBT Support, LGBT, LGBTQ+ Support, Student Activism, Equity pedagogy, anti-racism, StudentVoice, GLSEN, Conference

Ember's Walkout Speech

April 21, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Ember Larregui '18

 

Good Morning, students, teachers, adults, and residents. My name is Ember Larregui, one of the eight Student Heads of Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and I am here today to speak to you all on the issue of gun control.

Filed Under: National School Walkout, Student Activism, StudentVoice, intersectionality, school shootings, gun violence, anti-racism, Black Lives Matter, racial justice

Intersections: The Vermont Academy Diversity Conference

April 08, 2018 by Bill Ivey

Yesterday, I attended a day-long conference sponsored and hosted by Vermont Academy. The idea was to send teams, or “pods,” from each attending school representing different constituencies, and emerge from the day with a personal action plan to bring back to our school. I attended with four students from our school and Shawn Durrett, our Dean of Faculty and an English teacher.

Filed Under: Equity pedagogy, anti-racism, Intersections, intersectionality, Student Activism, student agency, Student support, StudentVoice

Intersections: After the March (toward intersectionality)

March 29, 2018 by Bill Ivey

During advisory lunch on Monday, one of my eighth grade advisees asked why people might not want to arm teachers. The conversation quickly shifted to our school’s policies around lockdowns and other policies meant to help keep kids safe, so we ran out of time before her question was really answered. I told her I hadn’t forgotten the original question, and said maybe we could talk on Wednesday.

Filed Under: Intersections, intersectionality, Feminism, feminist school, anti-racism, LGBT Support, Equity pedagogy, Student Activism, student agency, StudentVoice, Student support, gun violence

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