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#254: Nice White Parents

The Highlighter
We’re almost in August, loyal readers, which means that school’s around the corner again. How did that happen? I don’t know about you, but for me, this year’s version of summer was the shortest in recorded history. For all you educators out there, I wish you every morsel of rest (and reading!) before heading back.
Leading this week’s issue is the first episode of “Nice White Parents,” the much-hyped podcast by Serial Productions that dropped this morning. I got up early to take a listen and recommend the piece to white parents and white educators.
If listening isn’t your thing, the other three pieces in today’s issue are also worth your attention. They explore the common theme of community — who’s in vs. who’s out, and in the case of John Lewis, how to make our community a better one. Please enjoy them and let me know your thoughts!
+ Tonight at 5 pm PT, loyal reader Telannia (please see her photo and bio below) and I are facilitating a discussion on “What Is Owed,” the brilliant article on reparations by Nikole Hannah-Jones. If you’ve read the piece and want to talk about it, hit reply, and I’ll send you the Zoom link. We’re both looking forward to a thoughtful conversation. Hope you’ll make it!

Nice White Parents
Together, You Can Redeem The Soul Of Our Nation
I’m very excited to facilitate tonight’s discussion with loyal reader Telannia Norfar. Ms. Norfar is a math teacher and department chair in a public school in Oklahoma City, OK. She is entering her 16th year of teaching and is an advocate for improving educational experiences for BIPOC students. She uses student-centered strategies so that students become independent learners. One of her main strategies is Project-Based Learning. She is the author of Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom. She is CEO of Neither Near Norfar, Inc, a consulting company that provides training on student-centered educational strategies. Telannia is a National Faculty Member for PBLWorks. Hope to see you at 5 pm PT!
I’m very excited to facilitate tonight’s discussion with loyal reader Telannia Norfar. Ms. Norfar is a math teacher and department chair in a public school in Oklahoma City, OK. She is entering her 16th year of teaching and is an advocate for improving educational experiences for BIPOC students. She uses student-centered strategies so that students become independent learners. One of her main strategies is Project-Based Learning. She is the author of Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom. She is CEO of Neither Near Norfar, Inc, a consulting company that provides training on student-centered educational strategies. Telannia is a National Faculty Member for PBLWorks. Hope to see you at 5 pm PT!
After The Reading
Disney World During The Pandemic Is Extremely Weird
+ Reader Annotations: Several of you listened to last week’s outstanding podcast with Bryan Stevenson. (Thank you.) Here’s what loyal reader Lisa had to say:
Stevenson’s interview was profound. I’ve had a Post-It on my monitor all summer that says “liberation.” It is the filter through which I move my decisions and thoughts. They are either liberating me and others or they are not. Period. But the most moving idea in the podcast was the imperative of truth telling. There is no beauty, no liberation, no healing without it.
Thank you very much, Lisa, for your thoughtful contribution. Loyal readers, if an article in this newsletter moves you, by all means, hit reply and let me know.
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Also, let’s welcome our community’s 4 new members: David, Janna, Galiullina, and Feroze. I hope that you find this newsletter a solid addition to your Thursday email inbox.
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