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Without #ClearTheAir tonight, I'm going to share something that #ClearTheAir helped me do.
In the spring when we read #DareToLead @ValeriaBrownEdu pushed us to find home groups and engage in a different way. So I did. I gathered some of my fave humans - @jaimeetaborda @MrsSpragueMath @PamSuperY @YonikaLee @annrokosky
They all knew ME but had varying levels of knowing each other. In this space and time (all through Google Hangout) we shared our fears, our shame, our vulnerabilities. They trusted me A LOT but began to trust each other. It was so beautiful to be a part of.
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A3 (slow chat). For me, the parent-educator question plays out most potently with other parents who are less familiar with the school system. On the one hand, I’m a resource. On the other hand, I’m often a white male in rooms of women and POC. 1/2 #ClearTheAir
I try to choose carefully where, what, how, and how much I share — especially because my white male “expertise” of the school emerges from a very different lived experience of the schools. 2/2 #ClearTheAir
I realize that I should say: I don’t assume I have greater expertise about the schools based solely on my whiteness. My wife & I have worked in & around the school system where my kids go for almost 20 years. (Rereading my post, it sounded way more arrogant than I intended).
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If you are ready to follow along, I think I am finally ready to share the Fall 2019 #ClearTheAir schedule. I have overthought this a bunch. Here's why... 1/
We went from having some really necessary convos as internet friends turned real friends to record participation with Troublemakers and White Fragility to having @ProfCAnderson , @ProfJeffries and @BreneBrown joining us on Zooms. How do you come back after that? #ClearTheAir 2/
This we had our friends @ClearTheAirUK from around the world create their own branch, and I was like, "Oh, snap. We're global." #ClearTheAir 3/
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@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato We have a brain break game that we play that seems to have shifted us into a place of disarmament and honesty in talking about race/identity together.
It’s in math, and the idea is that kids write 3 true statements on an index card:

1st one: True for you + most/all of class.
@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato This 1st stmt aims for 100%, 25/25 or a “one away” fraction like 24/25.

2nd fact: true for you and about half the class. Looking for 50% or fractions near equivalent to half like 12/25.

3rd fact: True for only you or maybe 1 other, looking for low % or a unit fraction 1/25.
@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato Kids write their own and turn them in, I shuffle them read,

“Stand up if you live in Nashville” All stand, “how did we do on the target?” Kids say 100% or name the fraction and how close to whole.

I say, “keep standing if you also play a sport”, some sit & then we evaluate how
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Teaching Hard History During Hard Times with @ProfJeffries so wonderful to meet you and hear you speak in person at #NCHE2019 thinking of my friends at #ClearTheAir
Everything @ProfJeffries says is so profound and stated perfectly. So many gems I find myself taking notes on everything. Here’s a few of those gems. “Wherever white supremacists gather funerals follow.”
“We know the problem and how to fix it. Teach hard history accurately and effectively.”
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Students were instructed to play a “runaway-slave-game”—-This is outrageous. It needs to stop. Let’s also talk about the more subtle examples of racism in teaching that get overlooked daily & don’t make the news that need to stop too. 1/ buzzfeed.com/salvadorhernan…
Open your social studies textbooks and read the sections on slavery & Black History. What do you notice? Whose voice and perspective are highlighted? How are white slave owners portrayed? How are enslaved people portrayed? What messages are being sent about slavery? 2/
Is slavery glorified? Do the very few pages of the text include examples of happy times and lead to inferences that slave owners weren’t all that bad? Does slavery sound like fun? 3/
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Been waiting for this book! #DisruptTexts #TeachingRace
So, I am only three chapters in. Read chapter 12, then jumped to the beginning and read first two chapters. Background: I have read Brookfield's other work on critical thinking and discussion strategies (highly recommend both books) so I was looking forward to this one.
So far, I am not disappointed. Aside from Brookfield, the other chapters I've read are from Black scholars, including George Yancey, who wrote this piece for the @nytimes opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/dea…
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My @writingproject's Social Justice study group is underway. We are reading @IjeomaOluo's 'So You Want to Talk About Race' (highly recommend).

Today was our third meeting, and it's wonderful to have a group of colleagues invested in doing this study together. 1/
I left w/gratitude for this space. BUT lately this gratitude has been accompanied by deep disappointment that this work isn't a priority for all Ts.

Now I know that there are probably many Ts who are also upset at the current racist, xenophobic, homophobic hatred in society. 2/
But just being upset doesn't. actually. change. anything. We have to DO something.

And I know there are probably Ts who are doing the work inside their classrooms but may not be actively sharing this on social media and otherwise. 3/
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My work right now is focused on curriculum, but not just on diverse text selection. For me, it’s about embedding anti-bias, anti-racist pedagogies into my daily practices in big and small ways, but relentlessly so. #ClearTheAir #DisruptTexts
Another one of my goals is to become more active as a role model and mentor to the AAPI Ss in my school as the Ss organization faculty advisor. Because of the Model Minority myth, too often AAPI Ss needs as ignored or underserved. #CleartheAir
My librarian and I are co-facilitating a social justice book club which has so far gotten a great response. Out first selection was Just Mercy and Ts stayed for almost two hours after school to talk! Our next meeting will be focused on action we can take. #CleartheAir
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2018: My Year of Reading. A thread that follows my reading journey from January to December. Every book I've read with a 280 character review. Tagged a few folks who influence the shape of my literary life 📚 #THEBOOKCHAT #DisruptTexts #TeachLivingPoets 📚
1. Never Let Me Go; Kazuo Ishiguro: A supremely crafted narrative begins unassumingly, but quickly reveals a different notion of childhood innocence and coming of age. The conversational tone fooled me into thinking I was walking into a world I understood. Nobel worthy.
2. We Should All Be Feminists; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: As an author who breathes eloquence, Adichie doesn't disappoint. This short book/long essay is insightful and logical and human. If we want to raise boys without the toxic masculinity, this is on the required reading list.
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I have a little #Caturday/#ClearTheShelters story for you that I hope you'll share.

The Wife just brought our newest family members home.

Maggie (black) and Iris (Siamese). Two beautiful, elderly cats.

Here they are in their former home.
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Iris is 14. Maggie is 12. Their original person was forced to enter a nursing home last week.

She has dementia and it was no longer safe for her or the cats for her to live alone.

It's a very sad story.
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#Caturday
#ClearTheAir
Not only has she had to leave her home, but also her cat friends of well over a decade. So sad.

All involved have been traumatized.

As you know, we previously had a small no kill shelter. A friend asked if we could place these elderly cats.

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#Caturday
#ClearTheShelters
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Soooo one of the first pieces of news I heard this morning was about white nationalist rallies in DC, Charlottesville, and perhaps across the country.
It is shameful and beyond embarrassing (I have International friends all over the world) to think about how these are the same people who say the pledge of allegiance to, "One nation, under God, indivisible..."
It is difficult for me to understand the folks who throw their hands up, ignore, "don't know what to do..." because every move counts. Every conversation with your racist family member.
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Good morning to all educators committed to reconsidering "behavior issues" and rebranding them as opportunities to invite someone in to conversation and connection. These are the moments for us to line up actions with all the things we say we believe.
As folks are designing behavior policies, codes of conduct, and expectations this time of year, it is especially important to remember the end goal and desired tone or flavor you want a classroom or school to have.
Focus too much on outcomes you do NOT want, and that's exactly what you're going to get. Children want to be happy. They are wired to love.
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QHQ#2: Sean -
For Sean, disruption plays an important role - social connection, affirmation, negative attention. Now understanding that Sean wants to be seen, we may be able to better empathize with him. 1/n
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "A riot is the language of the unheard, and what is it that America has failed to hear?" 2/n #ClearTheAir
Make some connections between Sean's story and how we view civil disobedience (say...Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, BLM protests). How have you viewed those movements or talked about those movements? What is your thinking now? #ClearTheAir
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Happy Monday!

We're in Week 2 of our discussion of Troublemakers on #ClearTheAir.

Here's a review of the questions from last week. Note: During cocktail hour I'm going to ask you for your actions/ reflections.

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As a review, here's our way of work on #ClearTheAir. You all did phenomenal last week. 😁

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See you Wed at 7:30 PM EST or whenever you can make it. We're glad you're on this journey with us.

#ClearTheAir
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Hear ye! Hear ye! Welcome all new #ClearTheAir participants. Let's talk a little about what to expect. Note: There will be a little home learning/practice chatting at the end of this thread. So hang on until the end.
A short history lesson - Back in 2016 on New Years Eve Eve. I am sitting around mad about the election and came across an article about white fragility that I wanted to talk about and I asked twitter to join me. #ClearTheAir
I am pretty sure only @ChristieNold (who was a total stranger at the time but is now BFF) is the only one who replied to me. That didn't deter me and just like that #ClearTheAir was born. I will love you forever @ChristieNold ! #ClearTheAir
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I am so excited about my WHOLE DAY! Y'all have no idea. I will do my best to detail all the goodness, realness, and emotion here.
I get to start my morning listening to @ProfJeffries , the host of @Tolerance_org 's Teaching Hard History Podcast. He's in the room, y'all!
Today we are talking about "From Slavery to Civil Rights: Teaching Hard History.

(I am trying to play it cool now, but I can't.)
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I have lots of work to do so I am going to not do any of it and tweet about what's coming up for #ClearTheAir in the Fall!

Building this thread and will also create a Moment.
A few new things coming from #ClearTheAir. I think I convinced a few people to try out a video/podcast platform occasionally. I am going to work under the assumption they said yes.
We will have three books for the fall semester and three books for the spring. You do not have to read the books before we chat. If you are behind in reading, you will still be able to participate in the chat because we want you a part of the conversation. #ClearTheAir
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