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Sara Ahmed on Identity and Experience

In her newest book, Being the Change, author Sara Ahmed explores the importance of social comprehension in the classroom… In July Sara spoke at the Nerd Camp literacy conference in Michigan about the tensions many of us feel during big moments in history.  (continue reading)
Steph George Sep 12, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Summer PD Minisode Three: Designing Informed and Responsive Curriculum

This week on the Heinemann Podcast, we're excited to bring you the final of three special minisodes to invite you all into the conversations of the Heinemann Summer Book Study, hosted in the Heinemann PD Teaching and Learning Facebook Group.  (continue reading)
Steph George Aug 13, 2018 4:50:29 PM

Summer PD Podcast Minisode Two: Growing Socially Literate Citizens

This week on the Heinemann Podcast, we're excited to bring you the second of three special minisodes, and invite you all into the conversations of the Heinemann Summer Book Study, hosted in the Heinemann PD Teaching and Learning Facebook Group.  (continue reading)
Steph George Aug 7, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Our Summer Book Study: Being the Change...from Day One

When it came to choose between these two titles for our summer book study, it quickly became clear that we needed both. The intersection of messages and range of ideas for application—not just in our schools but in our lives—will create critical conversations as we mentally and emotionally prepare for the work that awaits us in August.  (continue reading)
HeinemannPD Jun 27, 2018 2:39:01 PM

Now Available: Being the Change Study Guide!

This study guide will be your companion as you work through the book, helping you to consider how you can put the skills of social comprehension to work in your own life.  (continue reading)
Steph George Jun 8, 2018 10:08:58 AM

Sara Ahmed, Christine Hertz, and Kristine Mraz on Empathy

In today’s podcast we’ve brought together authors Sarah Ahmed, Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz, to discuss empathy not as something we have, but rather as an ongoing, daily practice that must be prioritized in our minds and actions.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 31, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Keeping the Focus on the Kids

If we want kids to learn to comprehend others' identities and perspectives, those identities and perspectives must be shared. To do this productively while also maintaining a safe environment for our kids, we may need to modify our approach.  (continue reading)
Steph George May 28, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Kristi Mraz on Being the Change

Sara defines social comprehension as developing “skills and habits to help us comprehend social issues and participate in relevant, transparent conversations.” She points out that this skill is learned, and to me, that means we need to be teaching it from the first day of school in kindergarten.  (continue reading)
Steph George Apr 13, 2018 11:50:08 AM

What is Social Comprehension in the Classroom?

There are few absolutes in social comprehension; full immersion in it often yields more questions than answers. This work is messy because it is authentic and because it deals with human beings.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 26, 2018 6:38:00 AM

Sara Ahmed on Her New Book Being the Change

How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask and have tough conversations? Author Sara Ahmed says it begins with discomfort and not trying to save the moment.  (continue reading)
Steph George Mar 22, 2018 4:23:14 PM

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