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This Is What Mrs. D Taught Me About Building Relationships With Students

Thinking back on my first few years as a teacher, I don’t think I was as good as I thought as I was.  Sure, I was prepared and didn’t have issues with my administrators but, given what I know now, I made a mistake by not prioritizing relationships with kids. Everyday I would come to… Continue reading This Is What Mrs. D Taught Me About Building Relationships With Students

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New York Schools and Prisons Are In Dire Need of Support Staff

In one of my recent blog posts from our “Letters from John” series, my husband, who is incarcerated, mentioned that he recognizes more and more that inmates have an increased need to be heard. It’s like they are fighting against the invisibility of self that is taking place between them and their community. Many require… Continue reading New York Schools and Prisons Are In Dire Need of Support Staff

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Letters from John: A Prison Education After a High School of Hard Knocks

This is Part 7 of my series “Letters from John.” In Part I, I wrote, “I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I… Continue reading Letters from John: A Prison Education After a High School of Hard Knocks

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Letters from John: My Senior Year

This is Part 5 of my series “Letters from John.” In Part I, I wrote, “I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I… Continue reading Letters from John: My Senior Year

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“Dear Vivett, What’s Wrong with Me?” Letters from John on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

[In Part I of this weekly series, “Letters from John,” I wrote, “I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I have spent… Continue reading “Dear Vivett, What’s Wrong with Me?” Letters from John on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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“We are America’s Overlooked Co-Parents”: On Student-Teacher Relationships

 The world we live in is increasingly becoming more sad, frustrating, and downright scary.  Our students long for an identity and need an environment where they can figure out who they are and what they’re about, but that can’t happen without our love, direction, and guidance. As teachers, we must be sincere and authentic in… Continue reading “We are America’s Overlooked Co-Parents”: On Student-Teacher Relationships