“Ethnic” Books – Please, Baby, Please

I need a new title for this series, I HATE writing “Ethnic” everyone is “ethnic.”  I don’t want to call in minority, or multi-cultural or … any suggestions? :All this springs from an article I came across and posted about a few days ago that mentioned that most Early Childhood Teachers couldn’t name books with…

Music of Our Lives Recap

Tonight was “Music of Our Lives.”  The fundraising event for Park Avenue Youth and Family Services CDF Freedom Schools Program.  The music, the crowd, the food, the venue were all fantastic and above all else, people gathered to support a really phenomenal program for kids. The CDF Freedom Schools are modeled after the Freedom Schools…

Music of Our Lives

Video from 2011 Music of Our Lives Tickets are $50 at the door and support the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School® at Park Avenue Youth and Family Services.  There will be an hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour from 6:00 to 7:00 with silent auction and the concert will start at 7:00 Minneapolis Woman’s Club 410 Oak…

“Ethnic Books” – Blind Spot – Multicultural, Multiracial, Multi-ethnic Children’s Literature

Education Week’s Early Years Blog reports that preschool teachers cannot name books with non-white protagonists, even as 40% of our students are non-white in the United States: A group of more than 100 current and future educators in Shelby County, Tenn., could identify no tales about Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, or multicultural people, said Sabrina…

Scientifically Predictable

  Last night my co-worker and I went to hear Chris Stewart of the African American Leadership Forum speak about Education Justice.   There were lots of ideas and stories that he shared that are still rattling around in my brain.  He told a story of how one of our local High Schools in the…

Students For Education Reform – Macalester

Tonight – April 2, 2013 – at the Weyerhauser Memorial Chapel (Macalester College) 7:00-8:30 Students For Education Reform presents the Education Week Key Note Speaker: Chris Stewart is the current Executive Director of the Minnesota African American Leadership Forum. He will speak about his experiences as a parent, Minneapolis school board member, and education reform…

Expectations – Literacy and Music Monday

His tutor didn’t show up on Thursday, called and said that he was stuck in a meeting.  So my third grade friend and I sat down in the computer lab/ tutoring office and pulled out a packet on Tall Tales.  We reviewed “Paul Bunyan” which he had read on Tuesday with his tutor, then pulled…

Men Who COOK

*Note* I forgot to mention the date for this event – November 12 – from 6-9 Richard is participating as a celebrity chef at a fundraiser in November for Park Avenue Youth and Family Services. The mission of Park Avenue Youth & Family Services is to empower the residents of the Central neighborhood of South…