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Allison Spire

Thanksgiving: More than a Single Story

This post is by Allison Spire, a SEED leader and K-1 teacher at Our Community School in Chatsworth, California.

Since attending SEED New Leaders’ Week, I can no longer teach the traditional pilgrim stories (the single story) I have always known. I keep hearing the voice of Chimamanda Adichie saying in her video (in that beautiful voice), "Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story." At first, since I had not had an opportunity to develop new curriculum, I simply focused on a general theme of "being thankful." I believed that was, at least, better than teaching the single story—until I could get my act together.

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The Quilting Challenge: for every classroom

SEED Co-director Emily Style's poem envisions education through the powerful metaphor of quilting. This poem will be published in the November 2013 issue of English Journal as part of her article "Curriculum as Encounter: Selves and Shelves."

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