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Thanks to All Who Attended the West Wind Open House

on March 10th, 2015 in Blog by | Comments Off

The West Wind Open House was a success! We enjoyed catching up with long-time friends, colleagues, family, and connecting with new faces. We especially appreciate the Dream Divas who rocked Eastdale Plaza! If you’re less familiar with the Dream Divas, this is a team of young ladies, ages 4-23, who…

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West Wind Open House March 2nd, Join Us!

on February 27th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

The annual Open House for West Wind Education Policy Inc. is March 2nd from 4-6 p.m. We look forward to your visit and are excited to announce the Dream Divas dance team, sponsored by the Dream Center, will entertain with a short performance around 5 o’clock. Come enjoy light refreshments, great…

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West Wind Open House (Postponed)

on February 2nd, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

Due to the winter storm, we postponed our annual Open House, which had been scheduled for February 2. We’ll post the new date at this website and send an announcement via email. We look forward to sharing with you some of our new work, including our collaboration in the Creative Corridor…

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On Teaching Ferguson Part One

on December 30th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

Recently, a University of Iowa grad student invited me to speak at a panel titled Teaching Ferguson: Race, Riots and Critical Reflections for Classroom Teachers. The invitation was timely, as I’d just read an editorial from Michelle Alexander, an author and criminal justice reform advocate. Michelle describes challenges she encountered…

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On Teaching Ferguson Part Two

on December 30th, 2014 in Blog by | 3 Comments

I spoke with a community member who said an altercation between students occurred after they had a charged discussion about the Darren Wilson grand jury outcome. Although a small part of me supports keeping Ferguson out of classrooms, reality is many students already reacted to what has unfolded since the…

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Do We Understand How Hard It Was to Get Michael Brown to Graduate?

on September 2nd, 2014 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, emphatically questioned if we understand the amount of effort required just to see Michael graduate. Unfortunately, the answer to her question would become buried underneath a wealth of information that followed her son’s death and a charged debated about Michael’s character. At the…

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Keep Mirrors in Learning Environments and Media

on August 12th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Coldest Winter Ever grew into personal favorites because each uses irony to deliver a memorable life lesson. Oscar Wilde writes about the dangers of coveting physical beauty, while Sister Souljah illustrates how the intersection of poverty, incarceration, and drugs surfaces throughout inner city…

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