Let’s Talk about Racism in the Spanish Classroom: Part One

In her newest post for her site la PROFE PARIAS, TU Member Alissa Farias offers a personal perspective on discussing racism with her students: "I am writing this for those out there who find themselves in the same situation as myself, wanting to talk about race and the hate messages with our students. [...] However, we have no idea where to begin, how to do it and what to say."

Click the title to read more from Alissa and get some resources for leading these discussions in your own classroom and school.

Let’s Get (YA) Lit(erature)!

Rachel Wiley, TU Director at Large, shares some of her recent Young Adult fiction finds -- "I wanted to really delve into the YA lit that my students have read, loved, and recommended to me, so that I might be able to recommend books to students in a way that makes them come alive too."

Click the title to check out Rachel's post at her personal blog wildandfreewiley and get some book recommendations that have something to offer to students and adults alike.

Summer Reading: It’s for Teachers, Too

TU Director of Communications Mary Moser shares her summer reading list in her latest contribution to the Corelaborate blog. And lucky for us, included in Mary's selections are two books we're reading for our TU253Reads Summer Book Club!

Join us on August 17th 2-4pm at King's Books to discuss Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions and If I Was Your Girl. You can also chime in on Twitter using #TU253Reads. In the meantime, click the title to get the lowdown on all 12 of Mary's recommendations!

Educators Rising: Start ‘Em While They’re Young

Hope Teague-Bowling, TU Director of Organizing, attended the Educators Rising Annual Conference where she got to see secondary students identified as potential future educators in action -- "While some adults complain about teens' obsession with fidget spinners and Snapchat, I’m here to tell you that our young people are far better than we are."

Click the title to read Hope's post for CSTP's Stories from School blog on why this conference made her feel hopeful about the future of teaching.

Stop Police from Killing People or Admit You Don't Care

Nate Gibbs-Bowling, TU Director of Government Relations, recently wrote on his personal blog A Teacher's Evolving Mind in response to the Castile verdict, the Lyles shooting, and apathy toward the plight of Black Americans.

Click the title to read Nate's take on how some "people on the internet, particularly certain white males, seem to be able to justify or explain away an incredible amount of violence of black bodies."