A guest shares her thoughts on the proposed curfew

by Brandy Johnson Tomorrow (December 1), a proposed curfew for minors in Iowa City will come up for consideration by our City Council. I was recently asked if I felt that the curfew proposal was focused on black youth.  My answer was “ABSOLULTELY YES!”  The violence that people talked about during…

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Pausing on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  This morning, I opened my email to a much appreciated message from the president of the National Congress of American Indians, Jefferson Keel. NCAI President Jefferson Keel Speaks of Gratitude and Hope on Thanksgiving Day WASHINGTON — November 25, 2009 — National Congress of American Indians…

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Stereotype Threat

In July 2009, REL Southeast at SERVE Center, UNC, Greensboro,  published the Issues and Answers brief for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) titled Reducing stereotype threat in the classroom: A Review of social-psychological intervention studies on improving the achievement of Black students.  The authors tell us that “stereotype threat…

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Teaching Diverse Students Initiative

Teaching Tolerance, a project of  The Southern Poverty Law Center, recently launched a new effort entitled the  “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.”  This is a very nicely designed site with researched-based tools and resources for teaching racially and ethnically diverse students.   Contributors to the site include Linda Darling-Hammond, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sonia Nieto, Mica Pollock and others…

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Learning with our youth

I constantly am amazed at how prepared young people are to talk about race.  I recently had the privilege of talking with students in the Fast Trac College Bound program at Iowa City High School.  We are inviting these young leaders to contribute to this blog.  Stay tuned…! This document provides background…

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