Jeff Cipiriani, a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow and a 2nd grade teacher at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston, discusses how Vital Village, a network of residents and organizations started out of Boston Medical Center and Boston University is helping him to address students who have been impacted by trauma in his classroom by having them talk about how they feel rather than punish them. Check out the article here.
Here’s a video of Vital Village’s work from their 2014 Leadership Summit:
With the Academy Awards coming up, let’s take a look at the significance of Halle Berry’s being the first Black woman to win an Academy Award in 2002, her actual speech and where we stand now in terms of diversity in the Academy Awards.
Here’s a transcript of her part of her speech:
“Oh my God. Oh my God. I’m sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow.”
Here’s a lighthearted post by a couple from North Carolina on how parents feel about snow days as opposed to teachers:
Here’s a story of redemption: a father and pastor who gave up his daughter for adoption because he knew he wasn’t ready to be a father and a daughter who began looking online for her biological father are reunited.
Here’s an update on a post from awhile ago: How does one teen respond to cyber bullies who prank a school for the hearing impaired? The Horace Mann School for the Deaf, sadly, did not win the competition and was eventually disqualified, but Taylor Swift stepped up, donating $10,000 to the school and giving away free tickets to her next concert to students there. Actually, thanks to her advocacy, four other sponsors also donated $40,000 to the school including $10,000 for musical instruments!
Or check out this video which gives a synopsis of it all: