Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

Preface As a teacher, I believe that the general public experiences a level of concerning comfort when criticizing educational policies or teachers in general. Society conditions us to believe that teachers are the most docile and intellectually feeble among us, which manifests in think pieces and memes with the punch line that classroom educators aren’t … Continue reading Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

The White Privilege in Resting Bitch Face

Recently, I sat outside for drinks at Big Bear Cafe in Washington, DC and overheard a conversation about a newborn baby. Young, white parents met with their friends and exchanged standard questions about their recent transition into parenthood. After discussing the baby's sleep habits and the experience of breastfeeding, one of the mother's friends leaned … Continue reading The White Privilege in Resting Bitch Face

The Worst Kind of White Ally

I participate in a book club with fellow educators in which we read and discuss We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This group is diverse with respect to race and professional titles: administrators and teachers and support staff share their thoughts openly. Last week's meeting brought attention to a variety of white … Continue reading The Worst Kind of White Ally

Resistance Through Teaching STEM

The 2016 presidential election ushered in a series of challenging conversations in my urban classroom. The work we do as educators is inherently political and our beliefs, and biases will undoubtably surface through our interactions with students. Teaching, when done purposefully, can be an act of resistance. After completing my Teach for America commitment, I … Continue reading Resistance Through Teaching STEM

3 Reasons Why White People Deny White Privilege

By nature of being a white person, there was a point in my life where I was unaware of race. I don't mean this in a youthful and naive sense but in the way that white people move through the world constantly being affirmed. As a teenager, I probably would have agreed that we live … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why White People Deny White Privilege

What To Do When Your Boss Says Something Racist

Dear WPS, After a meeting yesterday, my boss was talking about he was driving through a certain part of the city and several teenagers were running through traffic and doing wheelies on their bikes. Based on the areas he mentioned and some of the things he implied, it was apparent that he was talking about … Continue reading What To Do When Your Boss Says Something Racist