May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Every month we have the opportunity to put a community, or a topic, center stage. This year, out of all years, I feel an added obligation, responsibility, and drive to spotlight AAPI history and heritage.

I encourage every educator, parent, and student to celebrate AAPI folks and contributions with added zeal this May 2021. In a year that has seen great tumult, that has generated targeted hate and violence, we have a responsibility to push back against racism, misogyny, white supremacy.

May 2021 celebrate through literature, through video, through TikTok! Provide more content, representation, and depth of understanding–specifically about the AAPI community. We have so much to learn and share, let’s do just that . . .

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick and simple list 🤗

Book recommendations:

Children’s/picture book: Thank You Very Mochi by Paul Matsushima

Adult/nonfiction/memoir: Know My Name by Chanel Miller and Dear America, Notes from an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas

Podcast episode:

CodeSwitch — Not Just a ‘Black Thing’: An Asian-American’s Bond with Malcolm X

Social Media recommendation:

@intersectional.abc (activist)

@leendadong (just fun/funny)

@teachandtransform (educator)

Other:

AAPI community organizations, museums, and centers near you!

On Dr. Seuss . . .

It has taken some time to understand last month’s news saga and controversy around Dr. Seuss.

As an educator, as an avid reader, as someone committed to DEI and antiracism, I took my time forming an opinion and evaluation. I wanted to listen with intention. I wanted to consider disciplines and connections.

I ended up turning my thoughts and analysis into an article, and this article is currently being featured on Educate, on Medium.

I am thrilled to be featured, and I hope you will take the time to read it 🤗.

Inclusive Schools: Webinar

Next week is a big week! Along with teaching, tutoring, and writing, I will be leading a professional development opportunity for schools, and school leaders and staff.

This webinar has been a labor love. I have poured over documents, research, and ideas. I have done my best to compile all this information into something coherent, as well as something truly meaningful.

Like previous webinars, attendance does not impact my stipend, like previous webinars, I understand that it may be cost prohibitive. That being said, I hope you can join me, and/or wish me luck!

Publication!

I’ve returned to writing articles on Medium. I generally write about current events–commentary and analysis–and education.

My most recent education article, “Teacher v. Parent” garnered some attention. As a result, I was asked to contribute to, to join, Educate–a special interest publication on Medium focused on authentic, research-informed, education writing.

I am thrilled to have my article featured, and thrilled to join the team at Educate! I hope you’ll check out the article and publication 🤗