Letter to the candidates: October 3,,2018 Dear Candidate, I am writing on behalf of the local grassroots group “SOMA JUSTICE”, in collaboration with Parents in Partnership for Respect and Equity (P.A.R.E.S). Last year we began this process of gathering written responses to questions focused on equity and inclusion. Identifiers were removed from the candidates responsesContinue reading “SOMSD BOE ELECTIONS -REPORT CARD PROJECT 2018”

ReZoning Public Schools: A neighbors guide to (civil) discourse

This is a preliminary attempt at a parent/neighbors guide to positively supporting the rezoning of SOMSD – how to talk to those who are reluctant to change. I welcome your feedback ! June 17, 2018 Dear Allies and Concerned Community Members, I am a parent, and educator and an educational researcher . I have followedContinue reading “ReZoning Public Schools: A neighbors guide to (civil) discourse”


  This Spring I am traveling to Cambodia with a team from the University of San Francisco-School of Education. I am taking my son Justin ( hence J²) Follow us here for daily updates Twitter: @janeyb70 .Saturday/Sunday/Monday TRAVEL We flew to Tokyo/Japan from San Francisco.The flight took fourteen hours. Then we flew to Bangkok/Thailand which tookContinue reading “J² CAMBODIA 2018”


The Board of Education for the South Orange Maplewood School District has 8 candidates vying for 3 positions. We recently consulted on a process to evaluate participants commitment to equity and racial inequality. Here are the details: SOMA Justice: Addressing Race and Inequality provided 9 questions to each candidate on addressing the issues of inequityContinue reading “BOE CANDIDATES – SOMSD 2017”

White Privilege – Understanding and Dismantling

White Privilege – Understanding and Dismantling   Over 20 Years ago Peggy McIntosh (among others) coined the phrase ‘white privilege’ in her brilliant paper Unpacking the Cultural Knapsack https   Since then, and in no small part because of the presidential election ‘white privilege, white fragility and white tears’ have become part of ourContinue reading “White Privilege – Understanding and Dismantling”

Five Ways to be Personally More Inclsuive

I have been doing a lot of listening and observing in a different context since I began my new role as an associate professor at a university – the differences between the high school and university environment would be no surprise to anyone. But the similarities may come as a shock, or at least raiseContinue reading “Five Ways to be Personally More Inclsuive”