Friday, December 23, 2016

ATTN: Video

In Britain, they also have a well-established apprenticeship system that enables many young people to enter the workforce with a very well-paying trade. If they decide to go to college or university after that, they can do it while they work and support themselves, their families, and the economy. In America, we don't have such a system, we eliminated most vocational education years ago, and it's seen as shameful by many to not immediately enter a four-year college or university upon graduating high school. We need to change this.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Girl With Autism Sings A Stunning Rendition Of 'Hallelujah'

I already loved this Cloverton version of "Hallelujah," but this little girl and her schoolmates did a great job.
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Basit Ali

I would never have the nerve to do all this. But I love her.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Diane

Working on his Pinewood Derby car 3 years ago.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What the entire internet looked like in September 1973

This is a cool find for my Digital World class. (Brian Oldziewski)
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

A cappella riff off! "Baby One More Time" - The Choir: Gareth's Best in Britain - Episode 3 Preview

Hey there, Karl Kuehn! Today is Britney's birthday. Is this why you looked so fancy at work today?
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Friday, November 25, 2016

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

People. PLEASE read this. And make sure to share it with your friends, especially conservative ones, who eagerly spread fake news believing it's true. Start with anyone who believed or shared that Denver Guardian story.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OK Go

Their music and their videos are always amazing.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked.

This is pretty interesting, and I hope more researchers look into this kind of thing.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America

Interesting. Please bear in mind, this is based on public perception, not necessarily factual accuracy.
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False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources

This is the very thing I've been looking for. I dislike our society's reliance on pseudo-news sources, both conservative and liberal. You'll find the entire spectrum here. If you're sharing stuff from these "sources," (and I've been guilty of it too), you've been HAD.
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Jesus Was a Protester

WWJD? He'd be down with #BlackLivesMatter and anti-Trump protestors. Here's why... "When Jesus stormed into the temple courts, interrupted the proceeding by overturning tables, yelling, and driving both people and animals out of the room using a whip, he was condemning the greed and corruption of religious hypocrites — because Jesus was a protester (John 2:13-25)."
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School Scene: Harker staff win journalism awards

Great honors bestowed upon my colleague and one of my bosses.
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Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little Known Loophole

Please read the ENTIRE article before sharing, so you know exactly what YOU can do to help save America!
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Turn Dollar Store Tea Lights Into The Cutest Snowman Ornaments

Oh my gosh, these are cute.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Next Time Someone Uses The Bible To Say Homosexuality Is A Sin, Show Them This.


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Trump and advisers hedge on major pledges, including Obamacare and the wall

Some people will say it was all campaign rhetoric. But those were the promises upon which he built his path to the Presidency. Who wants to break the news to the more extreme end of his voter base that he was "jk, jk"? Not ME, I assure you. This is a country you're playing with. And it is one that the rest of the free world looks to as an example of what freedom can look like. We have already become the laughing stock of the entire planet. Now we get to watch as he changes his story minute-to-minute, like an incorrigible child who got caught being naughty. I'm still scared as hell for our country and the world.
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Trump Won. Here's How 20 Evangelical Leaders Feel.

TL;DR - only 3 out of 20 seem happy he got elected. A few aren't super clear, but one thing that is certain is that they are nervous and concerned. Most of them are disgusted.
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Let’s Rise to Love Those Left in Fear

If you are a Christian, PLEASE read this and heed its call. If you are not a Christian, please consider reading it to see that some Christians actually are calling on others to do what's right, and what they are commanded by Jesus to do, which is to love one another and bear each other's burdens. "If we see a dear friend struggling and staggering with a heavy load of groceries out of the back of his car, is our first instinct to say, “That isn’t a load you should be carrying”? Hopefully not. Let’s hope that our first response is to run over and grab part of the load to help lighten the burden."
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Friday, November 11, 2016

19 Totally Real Conversations Obama and Biden Have Had Since The Election

These ARE pretty awesome though. You know some of these are close to true.
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Denounce the Hate, Mr. Trump


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An Open Letter To The Evangelical Church - From The Black Girl In Your Pew

If you are a Christian, PLEASE read this. And share it with the people I used to go to church with or work with but have had to drop from FB.
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Instagram photo by World of Wonder • Nov 10, 2016 at 4:41am UTC

Too many people I care about are scared about their present and future being hurled backward into the past. For some, the fear and pain becomes too great. You are not alone! I am here for you, and many qualified helpers are just a phone call away.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Films For Action


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I'm a sexual assault survivor. This is how you can help me feel safe in Trump's America.


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Electoral College Electors: Electoral College Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19 - Sign the Petition!

We are already seeing major attacks on everyone who isn't a straight, white, Christian male. We need to stop this.
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Do Not Allow Myron Ebell to Lead the EPA Transition | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-allow-myron-ebell-lead-epa-transition
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Home

My friend has started this site.
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KCSM Community Stations | San Mateo, California


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Sign the petition: Abolish the Electoral College

Please consider signing this.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

There is no such thing as the Denver Guardian, despite that Facebook post you saw

People. People, people, people. Do you have any idea how easy it is to set up a fake "news" site and post any old trash on the Internet? We are better than this, America. Please wake up and double-check dubious "sources" against real, credible ones.
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33.media.tumblr.com

Rachel Freed!!!
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

No criminality in Clinton emails - FBI - BBC News

This just in: No shit, Sherlock. Also, Bigly Orange Crybaby doesn't believe it. So, yeah, nothing new to report.
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What I Really Want to Ask at All Those Parent-Teacher Conferences

Very soon, I will once again sit on both sides of that table, at different times in the same week. I've been happy, for the most part, with how these go when I'm in the parent chair. I get the sense that my son's teachers like him as a person and that he is respectful to them and enjoys the time they spend together, regardless of his grades. I hope the parents who come see me as their child's teacher or advisor get the sense that I really enjoy their kids and see great things in each one of them. It can feel like a stressful part of the job (both as educator and parent), but it is also one of the most enjoyable (when it goes well).
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INSIDER travel

Jill Martin, I need to figure out how to get you out here for a visit so we can go do this. Because we really need to do this. REALLY.
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Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises - The Hechinger Report

"Part of the problem in the U.S. is the desperation of many parents to advance their children in math, pushing them to higher levels of math faster and sooner, somehow believing that a resume packed with advanced math courses will guarantee their future. Bill Jacob, a mathematics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, speaks openly about the dangers of students being pushed to higher levels of mathematics too soon. “I know it is hard to persuade parents that their students shouldn’t race to get calculus, but I really wish they wouldn’t. Too much content and depth is left out when they do.” said Jacob, who is not alone in saying that he would rather have students in his university mathematics courses that have breadth in their mathematical experiences than any additional Advanced Placement courses."
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Running While Female

"Men who would never think of catcalling a woman can perpetuate inequality in subtle ways, often unconsciously. Some everyday examples include talking over women in meetings, soliciting ideas from only male colleagues, and dismissing another man’s bad behavior with an excuse like 'some guys are just jerks.'"
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PureWow

It's official. I'm cool like the young people.
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pitbulls&Rottweilers

Jill Martin
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WDRB News on Twitter

My friends Adam, Victoria, and Django are Artists in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum in Kentucky, and this is a fun news story on some of the work they're doing there.
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EMILY's List

Nice.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Ziya on Twitter

Yes.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

PBS NewsHour

There's this one little area of Kohl's where I can get decent clothes for work. I tend to only go once or twice a year because it's so discouraging and I feel so left out. And in order to look nice, I have to buy men's clothes or buy clothes I might not have normally chosen for myself, because that's all there is.
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‘I spend half my days in accelerated classes and the other half in special ed’ - The Hechinger Report

Really good at some things and really not so good at some things. Like my kid. But wait, aren't we all kind of like that? This young man has some great ideas about education.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CBS News

Joe Wood, my favorite adoptee isn't in here, but he IS in my heart.
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My lovely friends Adam Clarke, Vik, and Django are having a wonderful time as artists-in-residence in Kentucky. Here's a great article and video about the work they're doing.
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Raccoons, C'mon Try It! - It's What You Do - GEICO

Saw this for the first time tonight! LOVE this video. Maybe because we get three or more very large raccoons right outside our balcony rather regularly.
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#captionTHIS

My biggest personal take-away from #FallCUE this year was the need to caption the videos I create. Please watch this to understand why.
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Upworthy

Please read this. Because yeah, we already think about it.
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Piper Disney Pixar 1080p

Loved this when we saw it on the big screen before Finding Dory!
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Diane

Age: 4 1/2 Cute Level: Fierce
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The problem with that equity vs. equality graphic you’re using


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

Can you help my friend and former student by filling in this quick survey for her course work? Thanks!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Today Show

Aaaaah!!! The feels!!! Patti, this reminds me a bit of Jerry.
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I Didn't Unfriend You Over "Politics"

I guess if I unfriended you over "politics," then you won't even see this. But hatred and discrimination aren't "politics," they are evil. Maybe someone we both know will get this in front of people I'm no longer connected with here.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

BuzzFeed Food

Dang it. Now I want Pho.
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When a Friend Used the M-Word to Describe My Dwarfism

A person with dwarfism or a person with achondroplasia. A person with autism. The person comes before the condition.
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What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits?

Even passionate educators who WANT to stay often find they simply can't.
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John Alan Carnahan


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OMG Facts

These developments in women's rights have all happened within my lifetime. So I was born into a society that didn't guarantee any of these rights!
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Help wanted: California teachers


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Director of Special Education and Student Support Services at Auburn Union Elementary School District


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oh, Hello There, Angry Trump Fan in the Comments!


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Teachers 'wasting time on marking in coloured pens' - BBC News

Although the context is Britain, and there are some details specific to their education system, the overall message is an interesting and valid one for all my teacher friends and colleagues to consider.
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The Kind of Christian I Refuse to Be

This expresses how I feel so perfectly. If you're upset, offended, or even horrified by what you've seen and heard from "Christians," no matter what your own beliefs, please read this so that you know where I stand. I stand with Jesus. And Jesus is pure love...for EVERYONE.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bored Panda

Jon Corippo #behbehswofs
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Instagram photo by Gilbert • Oct 18, 2016 at 6:24am UTC

I needed this for my parents when they were still living. Especially the first few years I lived out here.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up


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The New York Times

I am heartbroken that these things happen ALL THE TIME. it's so frustrating and upsetting. #thisis2016
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Why We Should Cancel the Next Debate


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Dear Donald Trump: I played in the NFL. Here’s what we really talk about in the locker room.


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Why Are So Many Evangelicals Condoning Sexual Assault?


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The 'Clue' movie is getting a stage version from original writer-director Jonathan Lynn

Jeffrey Draper, PLEASE do this at school!!!
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Porcupine Tastes His First Pumpkin, And Can’t Contain His Excitement

Oh my gosh. I just spent nearly three entire minutes watching a porcupine eat a tiny pumpkin. And I have some important take-aways: 1. It has the voice of a real live cartoon character. I just can't. 2. Reality has gotten me stressed out to the point where I watched this as an escape and I am considering watching ALL the Teddy Bear the Porcupine videos now. 3. Except I am at work. 4. Porcupines. Who knew?
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ranker

Even the creepy parts are Tim Curry genius.
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Donald and Billy on the Bus


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Coach Ujifusa Named CCS Honor Coach

Ted Ujifusa is wonderful and fully deserving of this!
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Why Donald Trump and Billy Bush’s leaked conversation is so awful

This is what needs to be considered. The idea that men are people and women are "just women." As a woman who pretty much kicks ass and takes names professionally and personally, I'm tired of second-class (if that) citizenship in a world that is rightfully mine too. And some people want this filth to be our next President.
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An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Daily Show eviscerates Fox News over its racist Chinatown feature

I wish I could say I'm shocked and surprised. But that asshat network is worthless vitriol aimed solely at bringing out the worst in racist America.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ABC News

I don't know how I would pick just one. I'm very fortunate, because I have so many students I could express this message to.
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The GAMING Bible

Lainie won't get it, really...but I had to share this again for Danny and Kim.
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pbs.twimg.com


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

The White House

For all my beloved Jewish friends, a message from our President.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

My interview with KGW Channel 8

My brother is having a real hard time of it with Facebook and hackers.
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BuzzFeed

Please make sure you're registered to vote!
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Sam

Rafranz, Braeden has a potential platform here!
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INSIDER design

Mark Brada, check THESE out!
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22 Words

Jill Martin
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INSIDER design

JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
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Instagram photo by Bridget🍀 • Sep 27, 2016 at 4:36pm UTC


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Emotional Abuse Tactics That Trump Blatantly Used in the First Debate

Some of you here on Facebook know my ex-husband. He is an emotionally abusive monster. I thought perhaps it was just me who was triggered by the Republican candidate's tactics. This article definitely makes me feel better about not being able to see, hear, or even have the name of the "bad guy" (as we call him in our home) spoken in my presence. The idea of him actually becoming President fills me with fear, of course. But what's worse, for me personally, is that there will be nowhere for me to hide.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fitz and the Tantrums #minecon2016
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autism Speaks

Thank you, Lauren, for sharing!
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10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism

I'm willing to be made uncomfortable, admit and try to reject my privilege, and know that there's so much I don't and can't know. Why? Because if we all do that, we can begin to bring about real change. I've got kids at school I see every day who really need me (and all of us) to step up and do this.
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CUE Seeking Up-Tempo & Tech-Savvy Professional Learning Assistant | CUE


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Doyin Richards

So well stated. Please read.
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Anti-vaxx mom abandons the movement after all three of her kids nearly die from rotavirus


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The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter' | Huffington Post

"Dear fellow white people, we are in the middle of a second Civil Rights Movement. Most of us white people idealize Martin Luther King, Jr. and we like to think that we would have been on his side of things during the Civil Rights era. But the fact is that the majority of the American public did not support the Civil Rights movement while it was happening and only came to see King as a hero after he was killed."
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Instagram photo by Omari Akil • Sep 21, 2016 at 1:19am UTC


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Racism


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Shea Moisture's Powerful New Ad Challenges How We See 'Normal Hair'

What's normal is what's growing out of your head, whoever you are.
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CUE Seeking Up-Tempo & Tech-Savvy Professional Learning Assistant | CUE


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NowThis

What a great little guy. He gave the gift he could. He has a good heart, thinking of what he, even as a kid, can do for others.
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Diane

Six years ago, my son was helping Lisa Scuzzo Glenn attract customers to a car wash. Dem moves doe!
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

The GAMING Bible

Pretty sure this is my favorite thing on the Internet.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

DFG Health and Wellness

She is gorgeous and adorable and her Dad is doing such a great job helping her develop self-confidence and motivation.
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Autism Awareness

Wow. I could relate to more of these than I thought I would.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Play time, family dinner more important than homework, N.J. school says


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Diane

And we are now in year four of him getting lots of love and support there, even though (or maybe especially because) school can be really hard for him, but he's just an amazing person who's going to do great things in this world.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I am Lakia Nichole

Awesome and gorgeous little men rockin' that harmony. Yay Dad for teaching them the classics and showing them a love for the arts.
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Edtech Still Doesn’t Get Diversity and We’re Tired

We need to actively seek out presenters and keynotes who are more representative of the diversity of our population.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

50 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Your Kids

Interesting. I disagree about number 27, if the kid in question has reached adulthood. I have actually thrown adult kids out of my home.
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An Open Letter to My Dad, who Makes Me Want to Quit Sports - Changing the Game Project

I have NOT experienced this sitting in the stands at Harker's football, basketball, volleyball, or soccer games. At least not from OUR parents. But there's probably some I'm not seeing. I've seen and heard opposing team's players and parents behave in these kinds of ways, towards OUR kids, and it breaks my heart and enrages me all at the same time. We can do better, parents.
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This ended up being a great use of Facebook's cute slideshow feature!
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So You Think You Should Respond to That Facebook Post About Race/Gender/Etc

"IF IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU, DON’T MAKE IT ABOUT YOU. IF IT IS ABOUT YOU, DO BETTER." Really good post. Long read, but worth it. It's all very good, but I found the part about attacking vs. challenging to be especially well put.
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The lasting impact of white teachers who mispronounce minority student names

“Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right.” I always try to take a little extra time to make sure I'm pronouncing students' names correctly, even when they insist "it's okay" and want to move on. I ask what they want to be called, and I have them help me practice saying it. It's also really helpful to write on sub plans, next to the names in your roster, phonetic pronunciations of the names. Kids really appreciate when the sub can pronounce their names without even having to ask.
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Preserving My Children’s Innocence Is An Act Of Preserving White Supremacy

If we try to preserve innocence in our children's generation, we doom them to repeating the mistakes and injustices of our and previous generations.
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Vaccines 101: Too Much Too Soon?

This is well-reasoned and easy to read. And it should be required reading for all people, parents or otherwise.
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Diane


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Someone took the music out of Dancing in the Street

This is freaking hilarious.
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The Harker School

Full length version of my video from earlier. So proud of our football Eagles tonight after they were a strong and unified team out there on the gridiron.
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Amy Schumer

This is what should happen to every person who harasses a woman about her body.
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Harker School

My son's science teacher is having kids experiment to learn about inertia. Super fun and cool!
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Why calling screentime 'digital heroin' is digital garbage

Yup. Highly irresponsible and not even close to proven. Because all screen time is not created equal. And also, parents could actually PARENT instead of using screens as babysitters. (This includes TV.)
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Won't Apologize for Having Fun While Chronically Ill

I have fibromyalgia. Yes, it is a real thing, and someday I will write a blog post all about it. Sometimes you will see me doing things. Because the pain (which is just about always there somewhere) isn't bad enough to stop me that day. Sometimes you will see that I simply can't do as much. But if you ever come at me or question my illness, we are through.
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Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students

I know how fortunate and well-resources we are at my school, and we too could use MORE people in these important roles. Thankful for folks like Suneeta Mani and Melinda Gonzales Ajlouny and the work they do with MY kid (as well as so many others). What about the many, MANY schools who have fewer or NO professionals in these positions that are so vital to our children?
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The Harker School

I love these fascinating video updates!
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The GAMING Bible

This is everything. Dem custom names doe.
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Scary Mommy

I was lectured by a nurse in the recovery room after my c-section -- before I had even touched my son! -- that it was wrong for me to only have one child. Almost everything in this list applies to our family. (We don't have a dog, so not that one.) Also, I didn't see that nurse offering to step up and PAY FOR everything that having more children would entail.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What Christians Can Learn from Colin Kaepernick - Nate Pyle

Even if you're not a Christian, this article raises a very important point: are people demanding he show patriotism or nationalism? (You do know that Nazi is a shortened form of the German word for Nationalist, right?)
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CUE Announces George Couros Will Keynote 2017 National Conference | CUE

G-Coo is comin' to CUE! George Couros
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Pediatricians urge states to get tough on parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids

Yes. When schools refuse to admit their kids, and doctors refuse to see or treat their kids, people opting out of vaccination will need to come around and believe that science is really a thing.
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This game was great. But I wanna see "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Will Park FLYING OVER those YBHS players!"
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Watch This Dog

Jill Martin, look at this big baby!
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PinkNews

Super cute! And I LOVE the shoes on the guy with the beard.
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Life Bursts 88.9FM Hills Radio

Bret and Jemaine and a whole lot more of their musical friends took inspiration from interviews with kids. Of course, it's awesome.
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Mom Was Told Her C-Section Would Be The 'Easy Way Out'

Oh my gosh, yes. The part she shares about the pain of getting out of bed. Cameron was three and a half weeks early, and after laboring overnight for 11 or so hours, we realized he was in distress and was trying to come out butt first. After a week, my incision wasn't healing properly, so then I had a week of having it packed daily with iodine-soaked gauze which had to be removed daily. When that didn't seem to completely help, after another week they completely re-opened by incision and had to completely re-stitch it. The healing was a LONG process. My scar is still purple and four-plus inches long (twelve and a half years later). The upside? My first tattoo (in 1997) hurt like hell. Cameron was born in 2004. All my subsequent tattoos haven't seemed to hurt as much. Because there is no pain on earth like the pain of getting out of bed the first time after a c-section.
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MTV

This is awesome. Few people get to experience both sides of the struggle the way trans men do. I have also spoken to a trans woman who has had to shift her sense of safety because as a man previously, she didn't have to worry about some things, but now as a woman, there are so many new awarenesses she has to adopt. Proof positive, y'all.
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Viral Thread

Karl
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David Wolfe

Go Eagles.
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13 Reasons Students Hate Teachers

In my earlier years in teaching, I did break some of these rules. It all comes down to how much a person feels like they have to exert control. Giving up on that actually made me better able to guide the learning and focus on my students as people.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016