Summer is here. Now what?

Jun 14, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

This year was hard. The media announced that schools were “back to normal,” but we know better. All of us, educators, students and families have endured unprecedented traumas. And just when the school year was ending, we were emotionally assaulted by school murders in Uvalde, Texas and two shootings at high school graduations here in Louisiana. Now we are facing summer, many of us separated from our school community where we can share...

Summer Self Care for the Mind

Jun 13, 2022

Here is our a list of what SELF’s staff is reading for pleasure this summer:  The Talented Ribkins – Ladee Hubbard– A New Orleans author writes a fun and weaving fiction inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois' famous essay ''The Talented Tenth'' and fueled by Ladee Hubbard's marvelously original imagination Interior Chinatown- Charles Yu- A heartfelt and funny novel that tackles the stereotypes and perce...

Summer Professional Development

Jun 13, 2022

Summer is the perfect time to deepen your professional toolbox and learn new skills and techniques to become more effective in your classroom and school. SELF’s knowledgeable staff have gathered some resources for busy educators and compiled them here. Coursera offers mini classes taught by professors from universities all over the world. One of our staff recently took Anti-Racism I and is signing up for Anti-Racism ll from the Unive...

Least Dangerous Assumption

May 18, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

A friend shared some videos from the Invictus Games of world-class athletes: archers using their mouths to draw their bows and, my favorite, rugby players with all the exuberance and physical contact in a scrum with wheelchairs. This got me thinking about possibilities and assumptions. A pillar of working with students with disabilities is least dangerous assumption, coined in 1984 by Anne Donnellan who wrote,” in the absence of conclusi...
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