About Valerie Nyberg

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

on July 2nd, 2013 in Blog by | 1 Comment

After nearly two years, Friday June 28, 2013 was my last official day at West Wind Education Policy Inc.  On July 1, I started my new position as Associate Principal at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Although I’m thrilled to start this new chapter of my life, it…

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The Burden

on May 6th, 2013 in Blog by | 2 Comments

Last weekend I was reminded of the care and caution needed with raising young Black men. My sons have been involved with a local Boy Scout troop for the last five years.  My eldest joined the scout troop at the beginning of sixth grade and my younger two sons followed…

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Recognizing Talent

on April 5th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

This year, my youngest son was admitted into the district Extended Learning Program (ELP), a program for students identified as gifted and talented.  Almost immediately upon hearing the news, he remarked, “Wow…I’m the smartest Nyberg, besides you and Dad, of course.”  Ever since then, I’ve wondered about the messages we…

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What We Are Doing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

on January 17th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1983 legislation was signed declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In 1994 Congress designated MLK Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service, a…

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The Power of Belief

on October 12th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

As I drove into work this morning, I realized that in a foreseeable amount of time (one month from now), a long-term goal that has been one of the biggest challenges I ever set out to achieve will culminate: I will defend my dissertation and have earned my PhD.  Though…

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The Burden of Understanding: The Challenge for English Language Learners

on June 18th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

In my second year as a doctoral student, I worked with a professor who was finishing his first book.  Among my many tasks was to help him write footnotes for his first chapter.  This is how I was introduced to Rosina Lippi-Green’s English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination…

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What’s Missing from the Conversation?: The Trayvon Martin Shooting and Race

on March 27th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Yesterday morning as I prepared for work, I heard someone speak about the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin stating that he should have stayed with his father on that fateful night.  Last week, in the first public interview of Martin’s parents, on The Today Show, one of Matt Lauer’s…

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Creating Risk

on December 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Minnesota state officials recently released the Minnesota Readiness Study showing that children of color and children who live in poverty are “less likely to be considered ready for kindergarten”[1] than their White and middle class counterparts.  As we try to understand, I want to focus attention on the notion of…

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Why Teacher Diversity Matters

on November 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 4 Comments

When I first became a teacher, honestly, I didn’t think race mattered.  As a child who grew up in single-parent, low-income household, when I first graduated college, I felt I was the “model” of the American Dream.  As a homeowner, mother, wife, college graduate, there were many reasons for why…

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The Myth of Meritocracy

on August 19th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

People who know me know that I have a healthy National Public Radio (NPR) addiction.  As of late, it has become a habit to tune in at work.  On Tuesday as I sat at my desk, On Point, a daily opinion call-in show, aired a segment, “Jobless in America” (http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/08/16/jobless-today-in-america).  …

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