While participating in a California Network Weaver Lab, we had the opportunity to chat with Dia Penning, live from Earth Rise Retreat Center, about liberated schools and liberated discipline practices. #parentingforliberation visit us at http://www.parentingforliberation.org About Dia Penning Dia Penning is an Inclusion Facilitator, Yin Yoga Instructor, and founder of the Equity Collective. She has … Continue reading Interview with Dia Penning: Selecting a Liberated School
"Which begs the question: Does it make sense to impose the harshest treatments on the most challenging kids? And are we treating chronically misbehaving children as though they don't want to behave, when in many cases they simply can't?" read Mother Jones article, "What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong"
Yesterday, I went through my second-graders folder as I do daily to review his homework, and sign my initials on his daily agenda. In his folder, I'm shocked to find a copy of a form with a personal note written asking me to sign and return the form. My eyes zoom in on the checked box … Continue reading Second-Grader in Detention? Not my Son!
Parenting for Liberation is excited to share our new Story Workbook. This workbook is a compilation of stories collected from the podcast interview transcripts of Parenting for Liberation. Accompanying each story are “Liberated Parenting Strategies” and “Shift from Fear to Liberation.” Both the strategies and shifts are an invitation to parents to reflect and … Continue reading Story Workbook for Sale!
We had the honor of interviewing Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho who recently launched Black Activist Mothering. Jacqueline performs #BlackActivistMothering as a conceptual framework that is a capturing and both shedding of what it means to be a black mother who engages problems of practice unfolding in urban school settings as community work. A #BlackActivistMother herself, Jacqueline has been trailblazing … Continue reading Black Activist Mothering
While dealing with the limiting and dehumanizing, rigid school district policies regarding my own son, it was refreshing to be in conversation with a dynamic African American educator who's started her own school which is a site of liberation--where the student's passions and interests are that which guide the learnings in the school (as opposed to some … Continue reading The Life School: Where #Blerds Thrive. Interview with Mikala Streeter on Alternative Educational Environments
This mothers Black 7 year-old 2nd grade son was handcuffed at school because he was crying. Here's what his mom has to say: "No schools should be handcuffing little kids. I want it to stop,” said Primm. “Someone needs to step up and speak up. Unfortunately, I’m not a media guru. This is, to a … Continue reading Handcuffed for Crying
During our discussion with Cecilia Caballero of Chicana M(other)work, we explore: 1. being a parent in academia and the organizing taking place on campuses throughout Los Angeles and Chicana M(other)work 2. anti-blackness in brown communities including personal experiences with colorism and internalized oppression 3. the victim blaming of local state-violence victim Jesse Romero (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/08/10/boyle-heights-deadly-officer-involved-shooting/) 4. … Continue reading Cecilia Caballero of Chicana M(other)work
How do we shift from fear to liberation when it comes to the education of our black children? "In short, in order to protect their children from school-related racism, more black parents are keeping their kids out of school entirely, writes Ama Mazama, a professor of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia who … Continue reading More African-American children being homeschooled
What are the shifts teachers can make to create schools that are liberated for children? Liberation begins with a shift in an adults tone, voice, and behaviors. "The video demonstrates how small changes in adult behavior, both inside and outside of the classroom, can enhance a child’s approach and her ability to learn.” As a … Continue reading Kids’ interactions with adults may affect their education