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It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Kehkashan Basu, our first guest writer for Kindred Spirits. Kehkashan is the 2016 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize for her work to protect the environment. 

Don’t you just love when things fall into place? That is exactly what happened to create this mini-unit on social justice using the movie “Zootopia.” I’d watched the movie in the theater and thought, “Hmm … this would be interesting to teach,” and then, like so many interesting ideas, it just got lost in the shuffle.

Have you ever wondered how many elected women presidents or prime ministers there have been in the world? Ten, 20, 40? Please hold your guess for a moment. Ask a few of your students. Maybe text a few friends. Maybe few of your most feminist-aware friends. What did everyone come up with? Did anyone come up with fifty? We bet most weren't even close.

April Brown

A few years ago, I was eating dinner with a colleague at a restaurant in Seattle after a long day of filming (we don’t actually use film anymore) for the PBS NewsHour. A few tables away, I saw what appeared to be three generations of a family—a grandfather, parents and a couple of kids.

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Kindred Spirits: Poetry Frontiers & Frameworks Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko declared, Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers, and Article 19...
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In 1996, I founded a family literacy initiative to honor all children and to share bookjoy with them. It’s often known as Día, which means “day” in...
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What comes to mind when you hear the word bias ? Do you think of a person who is judgmental or unfair? Or someone who believes their own opinion is...
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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 2:23pm
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As the mom of a tween, and as a middle school teacher, I’m all too aware of the media representation of girls and women and the impact it has on...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 10:28am
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If you’re asked to describe camouflage, your first thought may be of an animal blending into its surroundings. Something that is otherwise hard to...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:23pm
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Are you a Kindred Spirit? If so, you’ve found your people. Kindred Spirits is a brand new teacher-led blog series from Share My Lesson that offers an...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:19pm
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Three Small Shifts for a Better Classroom Climate By Amber Chandler When people hear that I’m writing a book about the importance of academic, social...
April Brown
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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:30pm
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It is drilled into us from childhood, sometimes explicitly, sometimes not, that failure is bad. No one wants to be a failure, fail a test, or fail to...