I Stand With Willa, I Stand With Survivors |

In the spring of 2013, Willa Murphy was violently raped by a fellow Georgetown student.

It was such a traumatic experience that it took over a year after her rape before she was able to tell anyone, not uncommon for survivors. It was only in June 2014, after she had taken a medical leave of absence and been off campus since that January, that she officially told the school she had been raped.

I learned all of this two weeks ago, when I met Willa for the first time.
Colorblind Education Is the 'Wrong Response'
Discussing race openly in schools can lead to better outcomes for students of color, write Dan French and Warren Simmons.

When educators say, “I’m colorblind” and claim not to see or be influenced by their students’ race, the net result is that students of color, their experiences, and their perspectives become “invisible” in the classroom.

Dans les méandres de l’administration et pendant mon attente, j’ai écrit un poème :

Ô joie de l'administration.
Ta porte principale était fermée,
J'ai dû par maintes fois trouver ta porte dérobée.

Mon plan indiquant l'ascenseur ne précisait pas,
Qu'ils n'allaient pas tous au même endroit.
Après deux-aller retours belliqueux,
Je ne t'ai pas trouvé, toi ascenseur 2.

J’ai donc choisi les escaliers.
Un quart d’heure après,
L’heure du rendez-vous dépassé,
Ce bureau j’ai enfin trouvé.
-Ah non, mais ce n’est plus ici monsieur,
Maintenant c’est dans le bâtiment E »

-Mais il n’y a pas de bâtiment E,
Madame, sur votre foutu plan de mes deux.
-C’est normal, il est en réfection.
Comment étais-je sensé le deviner ?
Sans réponse reste cette question.
Ô joie de l’administration.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Something’s Got to Give

We could revolutionize conferences and the way that students feel about learning if we allowed these four powerful questions to drive our practice and conversations.  Let’s begin with changing conferences from a less than helpful obligation of parents, teachers, and students to an empowering experience for students.  We suggest three steps:

First, establish success criteria with the students by taking the time to determine what criteria will prove students know and are able to show they have reached the learning goals for the unit of study.  Teachers can do this in a variety of ways, but the key is to involve students in the process so they develop an understanding of what success looks like and have a clear pathway to reach the learning goals.

Second, as the learning occurs ask students to gather evidence in a portfolio, notebook, or electronic tool that can be shared to prove learning.  We recommend that the evidence shows progress, is messy, and includes mistakes, feedback, multiple drafts, misconceptions addressed, and the student’s own detection of errors, etc.  During the entire learning process, ensure that the evidence students collect aligns to the success criteria and learning goals.

Third, change the current conference scenario by asking students to share their achievements through evidence with their parents.  The conference can follow the four powerful questions that define an engaged and assessment capable learner, which will provide everyone with the information needed to understand what learning occurred and what is still to be learned.  

Open Call for Contributors!

Hello everyone!

We’ve got some really exciting things planned here at FYNM in the coming year. They are long-term goals, but hopefully they will increase the quality of the blog and everyone’s experience.

In order to get these rolling, however, we need some contributors!

We are looking for one or two volunteers who can regularly queue content for FYNM from relevant tags here on Tumblr.

These people will be promoted to “member” status, meaning that they will have access to our drafts and private mod announcements, will be able to edit posts and tags, and will be able write and reblog content.

We already have mods dealing with different responsibilities here at the blog, so a member contributor will only be responsible for going through tags and queuing artwork, news, articles, and other related things from around Tumblr. As most of you know, this type of content is the backbone of this blog and we need reliable individuals to keep the queue updated.

Volunteers are required to have a valid email address for ease of communication.

The ideal volunteer will:

- Have followed this blog for more than 4 months (re: be familiar with the type of content we post)
- Be able to regularly queue content and be reliable with this duty
- Have a basic knowledge of norse mythology (to be able to recognize false information before reblogging)
- Be able to remain active with us for a long period of time.

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