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Back to Brio: A Review of Friendswood

Back to Brio: A Review of Friendswood

What fascinated me about the story as a novelist was being able to imagine all the textures and complexities of how the event might play out in the lives of individuals.…

The First Sammy Awards Recap and Winners

The First Sammy Awards Recap and Winners

UPDATE: Check out your pics from the Sammy Award’s Smilebooth   Last…

Can Astroturf Campaigns Reverse Climate Change?

Can Astroturf Campaigns Reverse Climate Change?

Although filled with people from the grassroots, this was not a grassroots-led event. And that matters, because it determines what possibilities are open to the movement going forward.…

I Think I’ll Just Stay in Texas (But Bring Me Back a Bagel)

I Think I’ll Just Stay in Texas (But Bring Me Back a Bagel)

I want direct action and grassroots, ground-up solutions that ask nothing of institutional Power but instead use our collective energy to build resilience and capacity.…

Childism:  Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Childism: Changing perspective on society’s discrimination against struggling children

Shame and the use of threats still plague our classrooms as a way of keeping children in compliance.…

Houston is Multilingual, Why Isn’t Our Education?

Houston is Multilingual, Why Isn’t Our Education?

All students, even native-born Engish speakers, have much to gain from fluency in multiple languages.…

Smells Like School Spirit: Behind the Scenes of a Parent Teacher Organization

Smells Like School Spirit: Behind the Scenes of a Parent Teacher Organization

No school can function without parents...When the child sees how important their education is to their parents, they are more likely to treat school as something important.…

Leaders of Learning

Leaders of Learning

Learning is an individual process, yet the current educational system uses an antiquated, one-size-fits all model. Professor Richard Elmore of Harvard University has developed a framework for understand learning which breaks up learning styles into quadrants. The points of view are placed at the end of two axes: the horizontal axis moves from hierarchical to distributive, and the vertical axis moves from individual to collective. …

R.I.P. Josh Fergeson

R.I.P. Josh Fergeson

I miss my friend.…

Looking Back at Labor Day’s Turbulent Origins

Looking Back at Labor Day’s Turbulent Origins

Today marks the 120th celebration of “Labor Day” as a legal, national holiday. The “Labor Day” holiday has a turbulent, complicated beginning, and understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today.…

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