Bronwyn’s Writings Around the Internet

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Bronwyn’s Blog

The blog that eventually became the book, but has even more stories.


ACEs Connection Network

ACEs Validated My Teaching Experience
When I first heard about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study, it felt like a light bulb had actually gone on. Finally, FINALLY, someone was validating what I saw every single day teaching in East Oakland…


Sweatpants & Coffee

Personal Essay: The Miracle of Stuffed Animals
A teacher shares a touching story of how a bag of stuffed animals gave her children hope.


Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Bronwyn shares her thoughts about teaching in Oakland, racial tensions in Oakland, and more. 

Labeling Black Male Students “Angry”
In my second year of teaching, I had a parent conference that changed my outlook on implicit bias in teaching. The parent’s third-grade son…

A Teacher Who Looks Like Me
When I met Shayla, my “Little Sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters, she was so shy that she wouldn’t speak to me. Our first meeting involved…

Violent Truth Is Much Scarier Than Simulation
I have never been in a situation like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I have, however, been a teacher in one of the most violent parts of…

Partners in Grief
In Oakland, Calif., there are a lot of homicides especially for a fairly small city of about 400,000 people. Last July, there were seven homicides in…

Conversations Move Us Beyond Bias
I recently confronted my prejudices. After teaching for many years in a low-income, high-violence area of Oakland, Calif., I decided to do some…

Ethnicity Check Goes Outside the Box
I recently served as a reader of scholarship applications. The process included a complex algorithm for inclusion and took several criteria into…

A Place to Play is a Release from Prison
When I was a kid, I attended two different elementary schools in the same town. They were very different. One was large, suburban and within walking…

Affirming Many Variations of Family
When I was growing up, most of my friends’ families had a mom and a dad. A few parents were divorced and that meant stepdads and stepmoms were also…

Segregation is Still Part of Our Classroom
Through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, I’ve been working with a little girl from the neighborhood where I used to teach. I think very highly of this…

Seeing the Child behind the Anger
Many of my third-graders are very angry. They have good reason. Growing up in the most violent area in Oakland, many have lost family members to…

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Rage Against the Minivan

What I want you to know about teaching inner city kids


Alternet

Teachers Are Spending Thousands Of Their Own Money to Stock Classrooms with Basic Supplies

Think Recess Doesn’t Matter? Think Again

The Painful Truth About School Segregation

Our Addiction to Testing Is Ripping the Humanity out of Education