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Social Justice in Primary School

By: Ashley Dacio (Kindergarten Teacher) and K. Oppong-Wadie (Third Grade Teacher) “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively…

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A Teacher’s Duty: Activism as Education

By: Silvia Gonzalez (Technology & Art) On Tuesday, November 25th, teachers at Village Leadership Academy decided it would make sense to take some of our young leaders to Chicago’s City Hall to a protest initiated by the Black Youth Project 100. As soon as we arrived, we were warmly received—all with the Ferguson verdict heavy…

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The Freedom to Teach

Before coming to VLA, there had always been a binder full of steps of what I needed to teach and when I needed to teach it by. While having a more “scripted” curriculum made lesson planning a cinch, it all too many times forced me as a teacher to ignore the true needs and interests…