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Favorite Holiday Poster Projects Aren’t Inclusion

Favorite Holiday Poster Projects Aren’t Inclusion By Rachael Mahmoodtolerance.org — “Mom, why doesn’t Santa come to our house?”I was in the middle of teaching my own remote class when my kindergartner interrupted my instruction with this question. While I understand that these questions are inevitable for our Muslim family, I was surprised to hear it so early […]

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You Can’t Be Culturally Responsive Without Being Responsive

You Can’t Be Culturally Responsive Without Being Responsive By: Dr. Rachael Mahmood When I first learned about multicultural education in college, I was very excited to start including my students’ backgrounds in the lessons I taught. I, too, come from cultures that aren’t often included in curricular stories or histories. I eagerly searched for books that […]

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This Is a Perfect Time to Talk With Our Students About Social Injustice

This Is a Perfect Time to Talk With Our Students About Social Injustice The COVID-19 pandemic offers teachers a unique opportunity to capitalize on student empathy. Before the pandemic hit, millions of U.S. students were already in our classrooms experiencing challenges like food insecurity and the inability to afford medical care. But the pandemic brought these […]

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Can You Talk About That in Elementary School? Navigating Social Justice Conversations with Young Students

Can You Talk About That in Elementary School? Navigating Social Justice Conversations with Young Students “Can you really talk about that in elementary school?” My colleagues often ask me. Then think for a moment and confirm, “I don’t think you can!” As an elementary school teacher, I often feel the need to close the door […]

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PORTRAITS OF LOW-INCOME AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHERS’ INVOLVEMENT IN SUBURBAN SCHOOLS

PORTRAITS OF LOW-INCOME AFRICAN-AMERICAN MOTHERS’ INVOLVEMENT IN SUBURBAN SCHOOLS This study advances the premise that African-American parents are deliberately involvedin their children’s education; however, many educators may not recognize their involvementbecause it may not always align with dominant cultural expectations. Therefore, the purpose ofthis study is to explore beneficial social capital and cultural capital that […]

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Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures

Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures Taking time to check assumptions about family engagement can make a huge difference in the lives of your students and their caregivers. By: DR. RACHAEL MAHMOOD APRIL 27, 2020 As educators, we often strive to find ways to increase family involvement in our classrooms. Research confirms that family involvement […]

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Online Teaching Can Be Culturally Responsive

Amid school closures, online classes can offer new opportunities for culturally responsive teaching. Here’s what one educator is trying with her fifth grade students. By: DR. RACHAEL MAHMOOD – MARCH 31, 2020

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