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A White Teacher Reviews Emdin’s “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…”

If I had read Dr. Chris Emdin’s newest book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…And the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (2016) prior to my first year of teaching, I would have been so much more equipped to work with urban youth of color…For White Folks tears down the shroud that has been concealing what many white teachers have known, even subconsciously, but been too afraid to confront; that we have been complicit in the oppressive structures of schooling and that this complicity has consequently severed our ties, not only to our students and their humanity, but to ourselves as human beings in the process of becoming…I read For White Folks less as an indictment of white teachers and more as a love letter to them, from someone who genuinely cares about students and teachers. And like Emdin reminds us, “you cannot teach someone you do not believe in.”

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Updates: Hamilton Curriculum, SXSW edu, & My First Book

Hey all, I haven’t written in while, but that’s only because I’m working on some EXTRA dope projects that I’ll be sharing with you shortly! For now, here’s a few updates on recent, current, and future projects.

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Hip-Hop Education Featured Panel at SXSW edu in Austin, TX

If you’re anywhere near Austin, Texas, come check me out next week at the SXSWedu Festival at the Austin Convention Center. I’ll be speaking on one of the Featured Panels, in collaboration with Urban Arts Partnership, to discuss hip-hop education, youth, and school culture. Our Featured Panel, titled “Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth & […]

Never-Before-Seen Footage of Kendrick Lamar Speaking w/ Students in my Classroom

In honor of Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy awards and performance last night, I decided to release some never-before-seen footage of Kendrick speaking with students in my classroom. Highlights include Kendrick talking about his first grade teacher encouraging him to be a writer after hearing him use the word “audacity” correctly in a sentence. He also tells […]

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How I Survived The First Few Years of Teaching and Didn’t Burn Out

Earlier this week, a close friend and fellow teacher posted about her very, very long day at work. When she got home that evening it was far from over because she had lesson plans to finish, grades to submit, parents to call, and probably tears to cry. I could literally feel her pain because my […]