Volume 31, No.2 - Winter 2016/2017

Volume 31, No.2 - Winter 2016/2017
Cover Story

What's Your Story?

Student identity on the walls in Philly

A high school English teacher and a media arts teacher team up to teach a unit on identity. Students combine personal writing with vivid photography, creating large banners that become public art.

What's Your Story?
Features

Uchinaaguchi: The Language of My Heart


Returning to her home country of Okinawa at 13, Moé Yonamine was hit by a teacher for speaking her Indigenous language. She reflects on the history of colonial oppression in Okinawa and the importance of keeping culture and language alive.

Uchinaaguchi: The Language of My Heart


Language Is a Human Right

An interview with veteran activist Debbie Wei on language education in the Asian American community

Educator Debbie Wei, co-founder of a folk arts-based school in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, describes her journey—from growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants who never spoke to her in their native language, to advocating for heritage language programs.

Language Is a Human Right

Sabrina's Story

Parents and teachers work together on inclusion

Third-grader Sabrina isn’t thriving in her self-contained special education classroom. Her parents believe that she would do better in an inclusion classroom, and they collaborate with teachers and staff to make it a success.

Sabrina's Story

Medical Apartheid: Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Students in a bioethics class are horrified to learn about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, during which African American men were denied treatment for syphilis. They draw connections to other medical injustices and write their own codes of ethics for medical research.

Medical Apartheid: Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Push Out: Racial Dynamics at a Turnaround School

A teacher educator is hired as a mentor by a turnaround school’s new principal. He soon realizes he is being asked to cover for getting rid of an excellent teacher of color.

Push Out: Racial Dynamics at a Turnaround School

All American Boys

An interview with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Two authors collaborated to write a nuanced novel from the perspectives of two young men—Rashad, who is Black, and Quinn, who is white. The novel gives teachers a powerful tool to discuss police brutality and racism with students.

All American Boys
Departments
Editorials

In Our Hands

"Water Is Life" Teaching for Solidarity with Standing Rock

Good Stuff

My Night at the Planetarium