June 9, 2017

I have always had an interest in restorative practices in the classroom because they naturally aligned with and reinforced my assumptions about effective classroom environments. Naturally, when I began building school structures from the ground up this year as part of...

April 8, 2017

Just over a month ago, I blogged about the figurative building of our social-justice-focused elementary school in Costa Rica and the journey I was beginning with this new community.  Our school has been in session for 11 weeks now (whoa) and we’ve finally hit a new ben...

April 1, 2017

What is your JOB?

By Elizabeth Wright

Teachers...with their responsibilities, work, their jobs...their job...what is our job? I never get asked much about my job. Everyone has been through school and pretty much (thinks) they know what I do as a teacher. Take attendance,...

February 25, 2017

When I got the email stating I’d be interviewed on the morning of Thanksgiving, it took me a second to realize that this is something that might happen often: that teaching in another country includes a host of new experiences, but it also changes those with which I’m...

February 18, 2017

Last week Seattle hosted the screening of James Baldwin’s film, I Am Not Your Negro. The film, directed by Raoul Peck, envisions a work by Baldwin that was never finished called Remember this House. The book was to be Baldwin’s personal account of the lives and assassi...

February 4, 2017

January 20th was my last day as a classroom teacher and it was both an end and a beginning. It was the end of an 18 ½ year career being a teacher. It was not the way I anticipated ending the career that I absolutely loved – and I am still in a bit of shock and grief ov...

January 24, 2017

It's not enough to only talk about love and loving others. Indeed, love is important and it does win over hate. However, there is real work to be done.

Love by itself won't dismantle centuries of purposeful systems designed to oppress POC by: withholding voting rights...

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