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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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Judy Logan

Serial Testimony as a Tool for Discussing Sensitive Racial Topics

SEED leader and San Francisco teacher Judy Logan shares her story of how using Serial Testimony, SEED's method of intentionally structured conversation, helped her multi-racial class of middle school students respond to the O.J. Simpson verdict in a constructive way, without shame or blame.

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Joining the SEED Circle

A guest post by SEED leader Scott Lowery, Teacher, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona, Minnesota

Looking back, I'm surprised that I found my way to that first SEED circle. About ten years into my teaching career, almost every in-service learning opportunity I'd experienced had registered within a disappointingly narrow range on my personal response scale, from tedium at best to mild torture at worst. Mine was the usual conditioned skepticism any workshop presenter faces from experienced teachers.

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