Tag Archives: K-12

When Bigotry Surfaces

This week’s topic is the role of an education school when bigotry surfaces in a k-12 classroom.  Tom Leahy is a middle school social studies teacher in a small community in Kansas.  He is not a Trojan, by the way.   About a month ago, he assigned his students a project that involved creating their own […]

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Checking “Asian” Can be a Disadvantage

Recently, I was helping a young high school senior on her college applications–it’s that time of year. Her most pressing question–what race should she check? She says she “feels more” Filipina, but she’s heard checking Asian can be a disadvantage. She’s also part Hawaiian, so she wonders if she should say she is Pacific Islander. […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Help?

“But I don’t understand what this video has to do with our section on plant cells, Dr. Berry.” My twelfth grade biology teacher replied, “If you’re not going to watch the video, you can go to the principal’s office.” “That’s cool, it’s probably more productive than this.” Dr. Berry sighed and turned the TV on. […]

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All Students are Unique

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my childhood and my experiences in K-12 schools. Though I had some positive experiences in different classrooms both in public and private schools, overall I struggled to acclimate to the school norms that were different than my home life. My background is not unusual. Both of my […]

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Words from the Project Specialist

Although “Project Specialist” is only one of the many titles I’ve held during my working career, with the First In The World project, it’s never been more accurate. Sure, I specialize in the mechanics of a project, but more so, I’ve embraced that the cross-institution collaboration necessary for a project of this scale depends on […]

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Changing the Narrative

Last week, Antar shared a compelling post about Ahmed Mohamed – the high school student who was arrested for bringing a clock to school because authorities mistakenly thought it was a bomb. I was outraged when I initially head the story – for many of the same reasons that Antar outlined so well in his […]

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Suspicious in Nature: Islamaphobia, Race, and STEM

Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman, brought a self-made clock to school to show one of his teachers. He was later interrogated and arrested as another teacher and various administrators thought the clock was a hoax bomb. Mohamed will not face any criminal charges and the school and police department are being blasted in the media for […]

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Back-to-school: Gearing up the FITW grant

September brings the new school year and all that comes with it– back to school sale shopping, new folders, pens, calculators, new schools, friendships, and projects. We’re doing things a little differently this year on Thursdays at 21stcenturyscholar. We’re almost in our second year of the First in the World Grant (FITW)and we’re getting started with the […]

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Hot Days in Hawaii

As I sit here in an air conditioned coffee house sipping a refreshingly cool iced tea, I think of all of the K-12 teachers and students right now who don’t find themselves in such comfortable working conditions. The weather is hot right now, really hot! The air temperature is 90 degrees, but with high humidity […]

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Plato at the Start of the School Year

September is upon us and another school year begins afresh. States give tax free days so parents can refresh school supplies. Old Navy and the Gap are completely replenished for those who don’t require school uniforms. New text books are issued (Do they still require covering as in ages past? Probably not because the turnover is so quick). […]

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