I am a member (and former Virtual Community Organizer) of the Collaboratory forum at the Center for Teaching Quality. Recently, Brianna Crowley, a teacherpreneur at CTQ, led a discussion on social justice, teacher activism, and how best to truly honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his Day. The discussion, in which I was honored to participate, led her to post a blog that, as it considers these questions, also provides a window into a vital online professional community. She has given me permission to reprint and link to her blog here, for which I thank her.
I’m lucky to be a part of the CTQ Collaboratory, a community of over 8,000 talented, passionate educators who use their precious time away from their classrooms and families to engage in meaningful dialogue about what it means to be a teacher and a leader.
Recently, as a CTQ Teacherpreneur, I’ve been working to foster Collaboratory discussions around themes. In observance of Human Rights Day on December 10, 2014 and MLK day on January 19, 2015, we have been discussing the theme of social justice and the role of teachers as social justice advocates.
Teachers have been not only sharing their reflections and experience, but also their deeply personal questions.
I would like to share some of that conversation and ask you to join. Leading into MLK day, we want to honestly discuss the best ways honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in our classrooms and beyond. To open the discussion, I shared two resources that help educators adopt a social justice lens in their curriculum: TeachUNICEF and Facing History and Ourselves. I challenged our community to focus on how teacher leadership promotes social justice in our education system. (…)