Standing Up to Hate and Bias Related to COVID-19

Photo by Joe Brusky, used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license. As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the United States, the FBI has issued an alert, distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country, warning of an increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. According to an FBI analysis … Continued

Washington set to become 5th state that allows Native American regalia at graduation

By Félix Pérez Native American students in Washington who want to wear tribal regalia at their graduation ceremonies should be heartened by two recent actions, one by the state legislature and the other by the state superintendent of public instruction. The state House of Representatives, on a 95-1 vote, passed a bill Feb. 12 that “expressly acknowledges that students … Continued

Educators push back locally against invisibility of Native Americans in schools

By Félix Pérez, photo above of Alaska Native teacher Kristi McEwen with Native dance paraphernalia. Information about Native Americans is either completely absent from public schools or relegated to brief mentions, inaccurate portrayals or negative stereotypes, concludes a groundbreaking analysis of state efforts to deliver high quality, contemporary and tribally specific educational content about Native … Continued

Looming court decision on DACA leaves educators, students fearful

By Félix Pérez Speaking on the marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Karina Alvarez bore down against the on-again, off-again snow and rain on a raw November morning. It was as if the San Antonio, Texas, elementary school teacher, using a firm and measured delivery, wanted the nine justices hearing arguments inside the court … Continued

Three Tips to Avoid Offensive Halloween Costumes

By Félix Pérez Image courtesy of MDGovpics Ghouls, ghosts, gremlins and goblins will soon be flittering among us. Children, students and adults alike will celebrate Halloween in all manner of costumes. Some zany, some clever, some scary, some funny, some that push boundaries, and, unfortunately, some that objectify and degrade a culture or community The … Continued

5 Things Educators Can Do to Address Bias in Their School

Every day, educators, administrators and students carry with them attitudes and beliefs that may affect their understanding of a situation, their interactions with others, and their decision-making. If these beliefs are colored by negative stereotypes or biases, they can lead to misunderstandings and an unhealthy school climate, if not outright hostility or conflict. Acknowledging, understanding … Continued

Ed Dept. Threat to Middle Eastern Studies Program Deprives Educators, Students, Says Teacher

By Félix Pérez In what is being described as an “overly ideological” overreach that could stifle academic freedom, the U.S. Education Department has threatened to strip the funding of the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies. Tinisha Shaw, a member of the first cohort of teachers to go through the yearlong program, says the criticism … Continued

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NEA to Supreme Court: Do the Right Thing for DACA Educators

BY MARY ELLEN FLANNERY Today, in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Education Association urged justices to protect the thousands of educators who rely on a federal immigration policy known as DACA to shield them from fear and deportation. The Trump Administration’s inhumane termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in … Continued

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