Understanding and deconstructing racial ideas and divides Amy Edelstein interviews Kori Hamilton Biagas from JustEducators about what racial literacy is, how to work in classrooms to lessen racial stress, and how to engage in a positive way to deconstruct our culturally inherited (and often outdated, false, misguided, and even dangerous) ideas about this issue. “As long as there is a … Read More
Whiteness | Jonathan Miller-Lane
Exploring Whiteness an essential reflection on privilege if we are to transform the inequities in our culture with Jonathan Miller-Lane Ph.D., Middlebury College Jonathan Miller-Lane earned his Ph.D. in Secondary Education from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a thesis that focused on the facilitation of disagreement in discussion and how the practices of Aikido might help with facilitation skills. … Read More
What Do We Tell Our Children?
Many of the images we’re shown these days are of fractures between peoples. The unexpected but unambiguous results of the US election is confronting many of us with the challenge of seeing our own silos, our own lack of interest to hear the pain points and the dreams of others who are different from ourselves. It is a time for … Read More
Racial Stress & Mindful Spaces
It’s Fall. Back to school. Reconnecting with my teacher friends who have been out on summer break. Most of them hold summer jobs, in part for the extra cash to make ends meet, and in part because teachers just like to engage. They’re “people” people. I was having brunch with one of my best teacher friends. A delightful person, someone … Read More
Teens, Respect, Classroom Mindfulness
How do you win the respect of teenage African American girls when you’re a soft-spoken, sensitive African American male teacher, educated at Columbia and UPenn, a musician, social activist, cultural commentator with hipster leanings, note the dreads and plaid poncho perfectly draped? You got it. Not easy. The more postmodern pluralism you allow in the classroom, the more challenges you … Read More
Teens Get Relationship Training
At Integral Heart Foundation in Antigua, education is philosophical and pragmatic. Everything from shared agreements to condom use to evolutionary philosophy is on the table and up for discussion. Pictured here are teens with their homework assignment at Christmas break: eight chapters to read with exercises from Love, Marriage & Evolution. Don’t you wish you could have learned how to create … Read More
Expanding our Sense of Community
Expanding our Sense of Community Our intimate relationships are always part of a constellation of relationships, understanding this changes how we are with our partners in very supportive and loving ways. Download a 35 minute talk all about how to navigate the tricky areas of Sex, Time & Money in your relationship.