Last week when presenting my research to collagues I was reminded of the importance of this work. I heard from a panel of diverse voices, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. Each recounted times when they felt ‘on the outside’ of society, of school of their community. Some found the trip down memory lane painful and yet were willing to share – Adults in educaitonal comuntities need to do this more, to talk about their own expereinces as ‘other’. We carry who we are with us all the time and whether we are aware of it or not – it affects us in our interactions with family friends and colleagues. In her book Daring Greatly Brenee Brown describes how painful this can be and yet how liberating – it is importatn for us to ‘dare to be great ‘ so that the conversations can be real , relevant and radical. I think those are the words I am going to adopt for a while. Be real, relevant and radical – and see what happens In the meantime I encoruage those of you journeying with me to read Brene Brown’s work or watch her Ted Talk. Brene BrownLet’s take risks in this work, be real, relevant and radical.
Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD
An experienced educator Jane has taught in three different countries in both public and private schools. Jane is currently an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education but travels all over the country as an educational researcher and consultant. Jane earned her Ph.D from Fordham University in Educational Leadership and Policy , the focus of her research was equity and inclusion in high schools. View more posts