Black Boys in Literature Book List

Inspired by The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, we created a study group at our school called “Black Boys and Literature.” The teachers in our group worked with children ranging from two-year-olds to middle school...

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Books Featuring Gender-Nonconforming and Transgender Children

“There are lots of ways to be a boy. There are lots of ways to be a girl. There are lots of ways to be a kid.  Be who you are.” —Brooke Pessin-Whedbee in Who Are You?

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What Universal Design for Learning Looks Like: A Teacher's Perspective

When people think of Universal Design they tend to think of those not-quite-ubiquitous-enough ramps built into sidewalks that permit access to folks with wheelchairs, walkers, and baby strollers. This idea was first pioneered by ...

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Picture Book Biographies of Inspirational Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve created a list of compelling picture book biographies that celebrate women’s accomplishments. Don’t be misled by the illustrations and format—these books provide entertainment and...

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Hiring for Cultural Competency in Schools

When hiring season begins, many schools look for opportunities to increase the diversity of their faculty and staff. But it is not enough to simply hire for diversity, schools also need to look for cultural competency skills. While...

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"Building Bridges" with Books: Immigration Stories to Share with Children

My mind has been on the power of immigration stories lately, in part because of current political debates, but especially because of the moving exhibit, Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, in Lowell’s Berkeley...

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The Proof is in the Pudding: Heritage Month Celebrations in Schools

Growing up, I was quite close with my grandmother. I often found myself with her in the kitchen where she would be cooking for the family. She loved to cook, and, at times, I had the pleasure of assisting her. I remember once...

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Introverts and Schools

Walk through any school and you will almost always be greeted by some kind of activity—children heading off to or returning from a class, transitioning to recess, tracking down misplaced articles of clothing, working on classroom...

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A Web of Privilege

As a white male charged with the important position of school division director, I am always engaged with and looking for different avenues to use my own privilege and positional power to impact positive change, honor and uphold...

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Reflections on Children Participating in Demonstrations

Since the election, many members of the Lowell community, ourselves included, have struggled to understand how to honor our core values—including mutual respect, inclusivity, and diversity—when they seem to be under assault. We...

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