Intersections: Women's March 2019

January 19, 2019 by Bill Ivey

Okay, I’m just going to say it, controversial or not.

I use a Gillette razor. Always have, and still do.

 

Whew. Glad to get that off my chest.

Filed Under: Women's March, Feminism, LGBT Support, LGBTQ+ Support, student agency, Student support, student voice

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: Undoing What Kavanaugh Is Doing to Our Kids

September 23, 2018 by Bill Ivey

https://twitter.com/emmajthatcher/status/1042183012987936768

Note:  RAINN (The Rape Assault & Incest National Network)’s website includes information, resources, and a hotline.

I can’t follow the “debate” about the Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with thinking about my kids. How many of them are thinking right now exactly what Emma has said here? How many of them are wondering about what boys are thinking? Even those of my students who identify as non-binary and/or whose romantic/sexual orientations don’t include boys may be (and probably are) thinking about how these messages society is sending applies to them and the people in their lives.

Filed Under: Education, Feminism, feminist school, Tarana Burke, consent, #MeToo, sexual harassment, sexual assault, protest

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

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

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: school shootings, gun violence, StudentVoice, Student Activism, Student support, Feminism, social justice, media, intersectionality, Intersections, 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: diversity, Professional development, social justice, Feminism, anti-racism, Sonia Nazario

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