A Heart in the Write Place

Brad HughesBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: This article is an interview with Dennis Mathew—an author, innovator, and speech-language pathologist in Oklahoma. We can’t ignore racism and things that are not right in the world, but we can bring the light. Dennis makes sure healing is infused into all of his works and that they can easily be used in the classroom setting. Self-discovery is a … Read More

Kindness Doesn’t Equal Justice

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Engage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Being kind is key to creating a better world, but it isn’t the same thing as justice. Kindness that is rooted in justice isn’t always comfortable, but it’s necessary to create change that matters and affects marginalized students and communities. Kindness is a human way that we connect to each other, in both words and actions. Being kind to … Read More

What Are Book Deserts?

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: A book desert is defined as a “geographic area with limited access to age-appropriate books, print materials and reading culture.”  Reading requires time and access to materials. Students have a right to quality, diverse, and robust selections of books. Consider representation in reading materials. Readers who can see themselves in books are more likely to pick up more books. What is … Read More

Four (MORE!) Action Items for Pride in Your Classroom

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: This post is a follow-up to the post: Three Action Items for Pride Month in Your Classroom (and Beyond!) Four additional action items for Pride in your classroom include following representative leadership, amplifying others’ voices, making concrete commitments, and celebrating joy. The response to this month’s post, “Three Action Items for Pride Month in Your Classroom (and Beyond!)” has … Read More

Three Qualities to Possess as an Educator

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Focus on equity over equality: Treat students equitably and give them what they need to be successful by considering inclusion. Maslow before Bloom’s Taxonomy: Know your students and attend to their needs first. Find your own teaching philosophy. Be yourself. Qualities to Possess #1: See your classroom with EQUITY as a focus. Equity vs. Equality—there is no DEBATE! You … Read More