It has been a minute and a half since I have posted anything race or equity-related, so I thought my return to my weekly posting should be with this article by Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy (SSIREP). What I like most about this article is how Shawn Ginwright and Sai Seigel acknowledge that the weaknesses that design thinking has when it bumps up against structural racism. Although the cycles of design thinking cannot be a blanket solution, it can be the vehicle that helps us rethink how to begin dismantling structural racism. Not leaving you with more questions than answers, Ginwright and Seigel provide three practical insights about how to integrate innovation and race. It is worth the read and I hope you are able to find ways to improve upon your practice.
Silence speaks volumes. Our students are listening.
As you prepare for your well deserved Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share this timeless piece by Jamilah Pitts for you to read and think about during your break. It is written with educators in mind, but I believe that there are real gems that can be gleaned from this article, regardless of your profession. Your silence is still a statement that students, as well as your co-workers, notice and feel. Take this Thanksgiving to not only nourish your body but also your mind.