Children, Guns, and the Bear of Toxic Stress

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Within days of Donald Trump’s victory, I issued the following call to action:

As we go forward, holding our children close, we must be vigilant, and relentless. We must be creative and steadfast in our resistance. We must harness the energy in our communities for social progress and educational equity—and for a society that is kind, and caring to all.

Kind and caring? I was hallucinating, a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The zeitgeist continues to challenge. Just keeping informed is torturous. I lurk in the media jungle, an addict looking for an angry fix. Then I cloister . . . Read full article →

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Nanny Nanny Boo Boo on the Playground in the Age of Trump

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In this time of acute polarization, the adults hog most of the attention, filling the communal spaces with their discourse, much of it uncivil. Emotions are high. What happens when this filters down to our youngest students? Since the election of Donald Trump, Michelle Gunderson, carefully attuned to the shifting moods of her first graders, has been recording her observations. This essay originally appeared at Living in Dialogue.

A veteran teacher and a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, Gunderson is Vice President for Elementary Schools at the Chicago Teachers Union.

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Michelle Gunderson on Teaching in the Time of Trump

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How are educators managing in these trying times? Reports from early childhood classrooms have been finding their way into Facebook posts. Many are filled with angst, and the heavy burden of explaining the unexplainable to the nation’s youngest students. Some offer moments of great transcendence—like the notes, below, from Michelle Gunderson.

A veteran first-grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, Gunderson is a leader in the Chicago Teachers Union, where she honors the expertise of early childhood teachers, fighting for their rights through sane policies that support . . . Read full article →

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Ruben Brosbe Fights the Flood of Hate

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As Donald Trump ascends to the presidency and bias threatens our civil society, educators along the spectrum are searching for solutions. In Ruben Brosbe’s post, a revised version of a piece originally published at his blog, he harks back to Gloria Ladson-Billings’ groundbreaking work on culturally relevant pedagogy.

A former New York City Teaching Fellow and 2012 graduate of the the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Brosbe teaches fourth-graders in central Harlem. He is a founder of #TeachResistance and one of the authors of a toolkit including lesson plans and resources for . . . Read full article →

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