Feb 12 2018

Hair Braids and Growth Mindset

By |2023-05-09T12:32:41-04:00February 12th, 2018|

I think about growth mindset all the time, almost daily. The first time it reveals itself to me is in the morning when my twelve-year-old daughter asks me to braid her hair before school. You see, I’m not good at it. Usually I am rushing through the process because of the stress of weekday mornings and the fact that I know I’m not very good at it.

Nov 10 2015

Teaching the Whole Child

By |2023-05-09T12:32:45-04:00November 10th, 2015|

As a Black woman who grew up in Hartford, I know all too well the potentially fracturing effects of not teaching the Whole Child. I was mistakenly labeled as a special education student instead of having my social and emotional needs addressed. After discussions about my home life (being separated from my parents and siblings and placed in foster care), being taught social skills, ethics and coping mechanisms, I began to flourish...

Jul 31 2015

Social-Emotional Learning: A Toolkit For Equity

By |2023-05-09T12:32:47-04:00July 31st, 2015|

This isn’t going to be polished, because the process of thinking through issues of equity is messy. This isn’t going to be definitive, because no one has all the answers, least of all me. And it isn’t going to be confident, because writing about this feels very risky. But it is going to be authentic and, to the degree possible, self-aware.

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