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: 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

Intersections: Day of Silence 2018

April 27, 2018 by Bill Ivey

It was a sunny morning in the early spring of 2017, and I woke up in a pretty good mood. The weather was decent, most of my clothes were still clean, I wasn't driving kids to community service, and we weren't expecting any visitors, so all in all it was one of those days when I could wear more or less anything I wanted to. I chose an Oxford shirt, a black sweater (to complement my nail polish), and my favourite purple and blue skirt.

Filed Under: Intersections, intersectionality, LGBT Support, non-binary

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: GLSEN Massachusetts Fall 2017 Conference

November 25, 2017 by Bill Ivey

I remember the air of celebration surrounding the first GLSEN Massachusetts student-educator conference I ever attended, some years ago now. I got the sense that here was a place where LGBTQ+ kids could - however temporarily - feel safe enough to burst forth from the closet. This year, that same sense of being accepted as one’s exact authentic self persisted, but in a calmer, more matter-of-fact way. This year’s conference theme, “Undone - Undoing - Still,” undoubtedly played a role in that. And in her welcome speech, Board member Trenda Loftin further expressed the mood of the conference, quoting activist Lilla Watson: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Filed Under: Intersections, GLSEN, Conference, LGBT Support

Intersections: Through Another Set of eyes

October 15, 2017 by Bill Ivey

When you see the world through another set of eyes, it's a more beautiful place. - Melody Brook

I had a good fortune to attend the Translating Identity Conference on Saturday, October 14 at the University of Vermont. As the website says, “The largest conference of its kind in New England, TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole.” As I arrived, the “Welcome” was just getting underway, and Melody Brook, an adjunct professor at Champlain College and a member of the Einu Abenaki tribe, officially welcomed us with words and song to a site that once belonged to her people.

Filed Under: Intersections, LGBT Support, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, Translating Gender Conference

Intersections: Enough with the Bravery Thing

September 26, 2017 by Bill Ivey

(This post was written after encountering yet another courageous link admiring yet another courageous blog about the importance of courage. While that blog, and thus this post, is centered on the diversity of gender and sexuality, I want to explicitly recognize that many marginalized people have been saying exactly the same thing for years, be it non-white people on “courageous conversations about race,” disabled people on “inspiration porn,” and so on.)

It builds up over time. Sometimes, you ignore it. Other times, you shake your head. Or mutter, “I don’t think so.” Or suddenly close your laptop and jump up and stride away. And then, every so often, you crack.

Filed Under: Intersections, LGBT Support, Feminism, intersectionality, Courage