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Pursuing my purpose. Learning. Educating. Parenting. Solidarity and Collective liberation. Founder of #ClearTheAir https://t.co/VqwNYRJ4ed
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Aug 13, 2018 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Went to hold Mini Me's hand as we walked into the school and then said, "Oh, you probably don't want me holding your hand going in."

Mini me: It's ok, Mommy. I want you to hold my hand. That's what mommies are for.

Me: Check out my son's teacher wishlist. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣
Aug 3, 2018 β€’ 30 tweets β€’ 12 min read
I have been meaning to do this for a minute, and it appears that I have found a little time to tell you all about @Tolerance_org . About - Teaching Tolerance provides FREE resources to educators who work with children K12. Materials can be used to supplement the curriculum, to inform practice, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
Aug 2, 2018 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 3 min read
ATTN: Secondary science teachers, have you seen this current @Newsweek?!? And you don't have to teach science to have Ss read this text. Love the visual. 😍 "Nearly all of the published work was based on populations with European ancestry. By 2009, fewer than 1% of the several hundred genome investigations included Africans."
Jul 31, 2018 β€’ 22 tweets β€’ 13 min read
Hear ye! Hear ye! Welcome all new #ClearTheAir participants. Let's talk a little about what to expect. Note: There will be a little home learning/practice chatting at the end of this thread. So hang on until the end. A short history lesson - Back in 2016 on New Years Eve Eve. I am sitting around mad about the election and came across an article about white fragility that I wanted to talk about and I asked twitter to join me. #ClearTheAir
Jul 20, 2018 β€’ 35 tweets β€’ 7 min read
I am so excited about my WHOLE DAY! Y'all have no idea. I will do my best to detail all the goodness, realness, and emotion here. I get to start my morning listening to @ProfJeffries , the host of @Tolerance_org 's Teaching Hard History Podcast. He's in the room, y'all!
Jul 19, 2018 β€’ 14 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Live tweeting our next #TTABSummit speaker, Dr. Linda Tropp. Topic: Intergroup Contact, Racial Anxiety, and Navigating Race in Diverse Classrooms Research says -

Positive contact experiences can be an effective strategy can reduce prejudice - emphasis on F2F interaction.

Optimal conditions = equal status between groups in situation, support from institutional norms and authorities, cooperation and common goals.
Jul 17, 2018 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Let's go! The gentleman speaking before President Obama thanked him for being the best of America, the best of Africa, and the best of the world. 😭
Jul 17, 2018 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 5 min read
The way I'm laid out on the ground you would think I just finished my dissertation. I have a long list of people to thank for their support on my completion of my 5 page paper. A thread. 1/ First I'd like to thank God, from who all blessing follow. 2/
Jul 10, 2018 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 1 min read
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Jul 8, 2018 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Y'all. Y'all.

I'm talking to one of my former Ss, a Black woman, and the micro and macro aggressions that she faces everyday at work...

1/ She's the marketing manager for Fortune 500 company. Youngest manager and only one of 10 black people in a division of 100. 2/
Jul 4, 2018 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Son: I thought we were watching Roots.
Me: We'll watch it later. It's tough though.
Son: Did they get justice?
Me: This will be the first time my son has seen it. I'll let you all know how it goes...
Jul 3, 2018 β€’ 30 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Ok, America. Your July 4th/Independence Day thing is coming up. Here are a few things that I think you should re-read or read for the first time. I have included audio where possible so you don't have any excuses. 1/ To get your hearts, minds and souls in order, I think you should start with Rev. Dr. William Barber. He is an important figure in my life and has taught me what this work looks like morally and practically. I am thankful to God for him. 2/
Jun 30, 2018 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 7 min read
I missed the very beginning of Tamir's session, but I walked in and Kendrick Lamar was playing. I already know what I need to know. #ASCDCTE Yooooo.... @TamirDHarper is talking about how school didn't prepare him for citizenship, @MCostelloTT . And we are here for this... #ASCDCTE
Jun 30, 2018 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Learning from @ShanaVWhite , and she's sharing how TOC fought for her getting tested for gifted in K. And... she put a childhood pic of herself. I couldn't let the Twitterverse continue without sharing this. πŸ˜‰ #ASCDCTE STEAM Mindset -

Lessons with critical thinking and problem solving
Allows for creativity
Few roles/directions
Standards based and culturally responsive
Involves two disciplines
Risky and challenging for Ts and Ss

Jun 27, 2018 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
I'm blessed to know and love many educators/leaders who are committed to social justice. But if you're a beginner give me one sec to link a video of a few. 😊 1/ #WeLeadEd 2/ #WeLeadEd
Jun 23, 2018 β€’ 24 tweets β€’ 10 min read
I have lots of work to do so I am going to not do any of it and tweet about what's coming up for #ClearTheAir in the Fall!

Building this thread and will also create a Moment. A few new things coming from #ClearTheAir. I think I convinced a few people to try out a video/podcast platform occasionally. I am going to work under the assumption they said yes.
Jun 9, 2018 β€’ 26 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Ok y'all. I think I am ready to build a thread about a question I asked in the wee hours of the night. My momma told me nothing good happens after midnight and I should have believed her. Here goes. 1/ I was reading, Just what is critical race theory and what's it doing in a nice field like education? by Gloria Ladson-Billings. Much of it was the clapback that I needed in my life. 2/
May 28, 2018 β€’ 24 tweets β€’ 8 min read
Ok folks, I think I am in place to thread this out. If it is taking a long time, please forgive me. I am building it live. I will also create a moment when I am done. If you want to talk about any of these resources, reach out.

Let's Talk Implicit Bias - It should be obvious at this point that everyone has bias, but if you are having a conversation about it with a beginner beginner, then The Kirwan Institute is a good place to start.