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June 3, 2020

One of the indicators of Radically Reimagined Relationships is a Commitment to Equity & Justice, which we define as, “Individually and collectively, the school community advocates for equity for all groups and justice for all individuals.  The school recognizes the dignity of each person and their r...

May 20, 2020

I’ve been on just about a billion and one Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Meets over the past nine weeks. Among my new insights: I have learned not to sit with a window directly behind me; that if I put my camera in line with my face, I’m not so taken aback by my neck wrinkles; and that I touch my fac...

April 29, 2020

A few days ago, restaurants, theaters, gyms, and other businesses in Georgia re-opened after Governor Brian Kemp issued an order that relaxed the state’s COVID-19 shutdown measures. Alaska and Oklahoma have also relaxed their restrictions, albeit in a more limited way.

Across America, neighbors and b...

April 15, 2020

Ages ago -  in February - when I was sketching out some ideas for upcoming blogs, one of the ideas I had was to challenge myself to go someplace I’d never been or do something I’d never done at least one time every month, and to think about the types of learning the experiences provide.  I’d been in...

April 1, 2020

I’m writing this at the end of March, one month into this extraordinary and unsettling time of pandemic in the United States—longer for other parts of the world. As of today, there have been 125,000 cases reported in the U.S. and nearly 2,200 deaths. My husband and I are quietly discussing today’s n...

March 18, 2020

As I begin this post, one day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, my

attention is many places at once. Every few minutes I click over to my email, wondering what decision my son’s college has made about staying open or going online. His spring semester, senior yea...

March 4, 2020

My 12-year-old son has reached the age where he finds his parents (mostly me) acutely embarrassing, but we still function for him as people whose opinions and reassurances matter a lot. For example, he really wants me to walk him to the bus stop every morning, but within the sight line of his fellow...

February 19, 2020

When we hear the word graduation, some may think first of caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance, and photos taken in May or June sunshine. Or maybe that’s just where my family is right now, with a senior in high school and a senior in college and a couple of those kinds of ceremonies looming large....

February 5, 2020

Three days from now, my local school board will vote on a proposal to close my neighborhood elementary school. The vote follows 14 weeks of exhausting, emotional engagement among families, school district staff, and school board members alike.

I live in Arlington, Virginia, an area with a rapidly gro...

January 22, 2020

A few months ago, I wrote about a visit to The Avalon School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small, teacher-powered school that has no principal and a fully democratic decision-making structure. It was an inspiring place, one that had “the feeling” as my colleagues and I will jokingly say. “The...

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