Charlia Acree: Bravery Builds Community

February 13, 2023

A Black female born and raised in the United States cannot easily escape being othered. I have never truly felt safe, so I learned quickly to be brave. In any community, I stand out for all the ways I don’t fit in and possibly more for the ways that I do. In predominantly white spaces, […]

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Miguelina Zapata: Necesitamos OST para los niños en DC // We need OST for children in DC

January 21, 2022

NOTE: This blog is translated in both Spanish and English. Scroll down to read the blog in English.  Tengo tres hijos con personalidades, aspiraciones y mentalidades muy diferentes. Además de estas diferencias, mis hijos también tienen necesidades muy específicas para apoyar su educación. Creo firmemente que la educación puede impartirse más allá del horario escolar.  […]

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Shayne Swift: For students who live in the shadows of shame

January 21, 2021

The old adage goes “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Growing up, I believed this wholeheartedly. I had to believe it so I could believe less in the nicknames given to me by some family members, teachers, and grade-school friends: scatterbrained, clumsy, forgetful, danger-prone, lazy, disorganized, unfocused, messy, […]

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