How it started. How it’s going.

In March of 2020, I hastily grabbed books and the turtle for what I thought would be a few weeks of remote teaching. That didn't go like that. In June of 2020, I had a few days to pack up years of collecting, archiving, materials, tools, paints, a little hoarding,...

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“Art is not a part of life, it is not an addition to life, it is the essence of those pieces of us that make us fulfilled. That give us hope. That give us dreams and provide the world a view very different than what it would have been without us.”  – Hasan Davi

“Art is not a part of life, it is not an addition to life, it is the essence of those pieces of us that make us fulfilled. That give us hope. That give us dreams and provide the world a view very different than what it would have been without us.” – Hasan Davi

Afrofututrism-Part 1, A New Lens By Which to See, Inspired by Cyrus Kabiru This Spring as a school, we focused on elevating Black Joy, Excellence, and Culture through living folx throughout the African diaspora. And while this is a project that we engaged in from...

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“Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what ‘needs to be’ in the face of what is. Optimism is not uncool; it is rebellious and daring and vital.” Ava DuVernay

“Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating. Our need to declare what ‘needs to be’ in the face of what is. Optimism is not uncool; it is rebellious and daring and vital.” Ava DuVernay

This year, when I asked kids if they knew who the Dr Martin Luther King was, I knew what I did not want to hear. I did not want to look at faces of children ages 3-6 as they explained in detail that "I know about Martin Luther King, Jr! He was shot and killed. By a...

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“The magic is… change the world.”

“The magic is… change the world.”

It is January first. A new year. And despite being on this planet for quite a while, and teaching in public school for 20 years, there is still a newness, a joy, a surprise, great gratitude, and hope that comes with each day. This Solstice, (a very special SWS yearly...

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A careful considerate gaze or I am because you are

A careful considerate gaze or I am because you are

Here's some links to explore connections: To  explore the concept of Ubuntu Link to NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance) Link to Global Children at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Link to Brenee Brown Link to article on Curiosity Much...

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And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

And so, How Are You Different Than Nature?

It is the night before the very last day of the 2017-2018 school year. I just couldn't let the year end without giving you this small gift. I have here the link to the 12 minute video I made documenting our all-school Earth Day parade. (12 minutes) The SWS Love Mother...

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I hope beautiful things live forever

I hope beautiful things live forever

Balance. This year, in addition to the daily creating and expression and relationship building in the studio/atelier, I engaged and facilitated a Mardi Gras/Speak for Living Things Parade and an Earth Day Parade with my partner Atelierista, Erika Bowman One weekend...

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Labor of Love

Labor of Love

I was thinking about the complexities of “labor” today, on this Labor Day eve. I was thinking about the labor or role of the teacher.  The possibilities and power of relationship and transformation that can happen in a learning environment is on my mind as this...

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Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the World

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the World

 Here are some of the links I am using/will use as resources within this work: Talking to children ages 5-8 about homelessness National Coalition for the Homeless lesson plan for ages K-2nd grade Any Refugee, sending a postcard to displaced children Trash me...

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What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

This post documents the process of the making of  our 4 foot by 4 foot bottle cap mosaic, inspired by the Wishes for the World Project. Both projects happened simultaneously. It created a wonderful back and forth between maker space production and socratic meaningful...

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Making ripples and Butterfly Flights

Making ripples and Butterfly Flights

It's a new school year. Filled with possibility, new relationships, and sweet growth for both the children and all the connected adults in their lives. "Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then if you have...

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Because we love each other

Because we love each other

It's hard to believe that I have not posted since November! It's not for lack of work. It's because the projects, the creativity, the trips, the collaborations, have been expansive and mindblowing. So much good stuff, that I have no idea how to edit down the myriad...

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