Finding the Village

It’s difficult to imagine, but I’ve hit the halfway point of my Fulbright Fellowship in Aotearoa New Zealand. I gave my mid-point presentation last Thursday, and thought I'd share what I talked about. My project focuses on community-inclusive schooling. It's cliché to say it takes a village to raise a child - but it's also …

Re-thinking schools: hours, training, partnerships, and money.

In a recent, probably well-intentioned move, Florida Sheriff Peter Grinnell offered to provide teachers in his county with 130 hours of firearms training. This got me thinking about four things that affect teachers across the country: hours, training, partnerships, and money. Hours. Most teachers I know do not have an extra 130 hours available for …

Invasion

“Remember that you are standing on the lands of the Kulin Nation.” I heard this statement in a video near the end of my trip through the Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Center. The center is named for Bunjil - the creator deity of south-eastern Australia. Literally, it means "the place of Bunjil," and is …

Respect

I’m in something of a strange position. In January I leave my classroom for another country, but it’s December and I’m locked in the mad rush towards Winter Break and final exams. I exist in two worlds – one as a high school teacher, another as a person preparing for a fellowship – but lately …