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Who’s most likely to live in a food desert?

By: Ms. Henderson (1st Grade) Through the GRC process, I am learning that it is impossible to take students through a process to activate and transform their thinking and not be transformed in the process. I am also learning that just like sometimes history is skewed to make subjective information factual among society; likewise, issues…

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Faith in Humanity & Harvest, A Teacher’s Reflection

By: Dayo Harris (Middle School Social Justice) The demands of a teacher are many.  The demands of a teacher at a social justice school like Village Leadership Academy are both numerous and complex.  The ambitious vision and mission of VLA require an unparalleled tenacity and commitment from its teaching staff, which can feel overwhelming at…

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Complicating ‘Homelessness’ for First Graders

By Jessica Pesola (First Grade Teacher) Homelessness seems like a simple cut and dry problem to most young people. At the beginning of the year, I could see it in my students’ eyes each time we gathered together on the carpet for a discussion.  It actually baffled them that grown-ups can’t get it together.  “Just…

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Inspiring Students Through Service Learning

By Eric Macias (Middle School Literacy) Teaching is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s probably even the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Over the years, I’ve also heard from countless other teachers at my own school and at many other schools who have expressed similar sentiments. From lesson planning for every minute of instruction to…