Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About. Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

Nate Bowling, TU Director of Government Relations, has been thinking a lot about the emotional labor that parents of color have to endure in 2018. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find evidence of teachers contributing to this as they exhibit “bad judgment and racist tom-foolery,” both straining the trust parents put into schools and undermining our profession. Educators must hold each other accountable and demand better of our colleagues.

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Opening Weeks Should be Full of Communication and Reflection

For her library orientation with 9th graders, TU Director of Communications Mary Moser revisited her BreakoutEdu box activity. Her observation of students' interactions as they worked through their problem-solving reaffirmed her belief that "the more that we can have students collaborate with each other, practice working in a group, attempt creativity, the better our students will be". Mary's experience offers some great ideas for what educators can do to better encourage students' communication and reflective practices in group settings.

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4 Things to Consider when Communicating

Mary Moser, TU Director of Communications, shares how her participation in bargaining for McCleary money and communicating with her union members has helped her reconsider her 2018-19 communication plan with students, parents, and staff. Mary offers various methods and strategies to consider going into the new school year.

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A Little Solidarity

Nate Bowling, TU Director of Government Relations, challenges us to show up for our communities as so many are being targeted, threatened, harmed, and attacked. "It's easy for us to get tunnel vision around our own issues. It would frankly be easier for me to stick to class size, teacher salaries, and school funding. But now more than ever, people who desire a more just and equitable society must show solidarity."

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I Don’t Fear White Supremacists, I Fear Liberal Indifference

In his latest blog post, TU Director of Government Relations Nate Bowling calls out the faulty reasoning of those who claim that the best approach to white supremacists is to ignore them - "The danger is real and I’m convinced the liberal weapons of choice, satire and longform essays, are insufficient to combat the 15-24 year old, YouTube self-radicalized, alt-right/Nazi horde about to break into the political mainstream. We need a new playbook and it has to include white liberals taking a risk and confronting white supremacists."

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