But I don't want to be a Radical! ~ Reflections of a Reluctant Radical

The unfortunate truth is that I’m an activist today because step by step, watching my colleagues be targeted, watching schools be undermined and closed, watching systematic underfunding, and replacement of competent people with hobby teachers, watching the deliberate reduction of teachers of color in the system--  I came to realize, there is no other choice, and even worse there is nothing left to lose. 


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Melissa Tomlinson
Educators Facing Your Fear

But that’s all typical, back to school stuff. The thing that I really noticed was how many friends of mine were run down, discouraged and down right unhappy.

Why? The conclusion is a simple one. It is because we live in a constant state of fear.

So many of us are scared to teach how we truly want, scared to advocate for what our students (and ourselves) truly need.

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Melissa Tomlinson
BATs List of LGBTQIA+ Titles for Classroom Libraries

In today’s world, as students look for independent reading that reflects them and their lives, teachers ask for materials to support the ever-changing makeup of their classes, and administrators make decisions about LGBTQIA+ students, school librarians provide resources to all. When students read fiction and nonfiction, they acquire empathy for the characters and situations depicted in the story. More importantly, they find themselves portrayed by authors they never met but with whom they have some things in common. That empowers students.


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