Here’s How You Can Support Dreamers

“This week, October 16-20, is a national week of action focused on higher education—it’s time for students, faculty, and staff to stand up for all our immigrant, Dreamer, and DACAmented students, families, and colleagues. We must raise our voices to keep them safe.”

— Loan Dao (Associate Professor of Asian-American studies, UMass Boston)

If you’ve heard about the DACA, feel compelled to send a postcard, or are passionate about change, click below:

5 Easy Tips For Teaching Your Students To Be Fearless Presenters

No doubt about it, no matter who you are or how much experience you have with presenting–sometimes it’s just plain terrifying. And that goes for whether you’re a teacher, or student.

When it comes to teaching presentation skills, it’s all about encouraging your students to be comfortable, to relax, to stand tall, to breathe, and to speak with authority. But sometimes, being a fearless presenter goes beyond that. Continue reading

The Truth About Why We Teach ‘Dark’ Books To Young Adults

An article in the Wall Street Journal addresses the relevant, and difficult question regarding ‘darkness’ or negativity in young adult literature.

“Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”

And this is a question that many teachers face in their classrooms. Why is it that we teach books about death, abuse, addiction, and pain to young kids? Continue reading