Interview with Dia Penning: Selecting a Liberated School

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

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Second-Grader in Detention? Not my Son!

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!

Story Workbook for Sale!

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!

Black Activist Mothering

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

The Life School: Where #Blerds Thrive. Interview with Mikala Streeter on Alternative Educational Environments

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

Cecilia Caballero of Chicana M(other)work

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

More African-American children being homeschooled

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

Kids’ interactions with adults may affect their education

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