On Teaching Ferguson Part One

On Teaching Ferguson Part One

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 Teaching Ferguson Part Two

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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Facilitating Communities of Education Professionals

Facilitating Communities of Education Professionals

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. –John Donne, No Man is an Island   We are all parts of communities where we engage daily – with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues; face-to-face, online, and on…

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Senior Policy Analyst, Deb Hansen, Retires

Senior Policy Analyst, Deb Hansen, Retires

This month the team at West Wind Education Policy is proudly celebrating the career of our own Deb Hansen. It has been an honor for all of us to share the capstone years of her career. During the past four years, Deb has lent her wisdom and experience to West…

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On Grace and Gratitude

On Grace and Gratitude

This blog is a letter to my colleagues at West Wind Education Policy, written as I end my tenure at West Wind and as I phase into retirement from the education profession. Dear West Wind Friends and Colleagues, This month marks both the anniversary of four years of employment at…

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