Favorite Resources, commutes and difficult questions !

NPR ( National Public Radio) is one of my favorite resources for news, current events and commutes ! Although sometimes it can leave you stunned, despairing and speechless ( even me) – It is a great resources for educators and parents.

My NPR listening has been stunted this past few weeks on my commute – although school is out my son and his friend are participating in a summer program for rising 8th graders at my school. They commute with me daily, I tried listening to NPR with them, but they just talked over it, and they are so darn happy and pleased with themselves it’s hard to tune them out. Today one asked me if it is true you can be born with the wrong gender – I am processing that one and will blog more about it in the future. It’s an important topic and one American schools (and society) is really just beginning to grasp.

Back to NPR – this is a story from a couple of days ago , thankfully technology means I catch my news fix later in the day. Its a challenging story but one I urge you to listen to.The author Ta-Nehisi Coates is a Black man, this is the letter he has written to his son about growing up Black in America and the ‘myriad of evils that spring from racism…that endanger the body.’I can’t help but reflect on how different our two sons will experience life because of their race..

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

Between the World and Me

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

Jane.Bleasdale, PhD is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Leadership Studies in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr.Bleasdale has lived and taught in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States, Her career as an educator now spans three decades. Dr. Bleasdale previously served as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development Her doctoral research focused on equity and inclusion in high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. She has recently conducted research on social and emotional wellness of students, the impact of school leaders on creating inclusive communities and critical feminist perspectives on leadership.Current research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. Dr.Bleasdale is the principal investigator on a participatory action research project at USF collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminst perspectives.

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