Building Community. Building Legacy.

Happy Friday Family,

I know we’re all counting down to our 1st real break of the school year. We’re heading into our holiday season, which lasts 3 months and honestly we need some joy or at least I do.

Here at CREAD, we’re moving into a 2nd quarter and boy do we have a lot going on.

Recently, a colleague of mine, spoke about presenting at a historical organization in New York meant to support Black Educators. Many years ago I sought this organization out and wanted to join, because, well, I was a Black educator looking for guidance and community.

We know how that turned out because, well, you’re CREAD.

As my colleague told me about his experience with this organization, I realized even more why I created CREAD and how much we need to get information.

Tomorrow, we will be holding our opening session for our Woke Cypha and we’re so excited to have almost 50 teachers take this journey with us.

Yes Chile, 50!

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We glowed all the way up from the 9 we had in our first offering. We want to thank our partners in this endeavor NYC Men Teach for building community with us here at CREAD. We’re building something unstoppable here.

Over the last weeks we’ve been out in these streets:

CREAD represented at the Adelaide Sanford 5th Educational Conference: A Pedagogy for Excellence and Empowerment. Where we engaged in activities that brought Culturally Responsive Education to life. We moved from theory to practice. Because that’s how we do things here:

 

Weeks before that, HumbleVito and I worked with pre-service teachers at CUNY Queens College helping them to understand the Pedagogy of Trap.

 

We loved working with young people who think they know what they’re getting into when they say they want to become teachers. I told a group of teachers I was working with yesterday, that teaching has historically been the profession, to eat its young.

We’re ending that practice. These young people are our future and I’m going to support them every step of the way.

But wait: I need you to understand this Pedagogy of Trap workshop is taking us big places. We’ll be sharing this with hundreds of educators this spring at the ASCD Empower Conference in Boston.

And Vito and I are in the kitchen cooking up our next boutique workshop: The Alchemy of Cardi B.

Trust.

It’s not what you’re thinking it is.

We’re planning a conference at the end of the school year, we’re developing Harlem Renaissance inspired Content Salons for educators and we’re cooking up events to celebrate the lives of Martin, Malcolm, and Marcus along with Angela, Ida and Maya.

And we’re traveling: The Equal Justice Initiative just released tickets for the grand opening weekend of their Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which brings to light the horrors of lynching in this country.

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And let’s talk about cross marketing; my publishing partner and I, Chemay Morales James of My Reflection Matters, and I are releasing our inaugural book under our DeColonizing Education Publishing firm: The ABC’s of the Black Panther Party and we about to Par-tay to celebrate.

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Ayyyyyy, I need yall to know that R is my favorite letter in the ENTIRE book. Well Z is kind of fire too.

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It’s Friday.

The week has been long.

Look out for our 2 O’Clock drop which you can listen to on your way home.

In Solidarity.

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One Comment

  1. Wishing the new class of Woke Cypha’s well. The first round was such a thought-provoking and enriching experience! I try to consider the elements when I’m planning my lessons and how implementing the elements can help enrich my students learning.

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