Join us at 9PM ET/6PM PT at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt
this Wednesday, June 10.
Our mayor here in NYC says that Kalief Browder's death will not be in vain http://observer.com/2015/06/de-blasio-deeply-saddened-by-death-of-man-held-years-at-rikers-without-trial/
Let's hope that youth younger than 18 get taken off Rikers immediately, and that we see reform in bail procedures for families who can't afford it.
Kalief's story and death hit hard because I can imagine him walking up to the GED program at Lehman or biking to BCC these last semesters. He was my son's age and he could have been a sophomore in my classes when he arrested for supposedly stealing a backpack.
Maybe this will be a moment for looking at justice once young men like Kalief are arrested and put in jail to wait for trial.
If you are available, we would love for you to join us on TTT to talk about this case and to think together about how we build a curriculum and a movement for change in our schools that will bring these issues into our classrooms.More information and links:
Perhaps you've been following the story of Kalief Browder, and the sad end last week. We want to do something on Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wednesday to remember him, and if you could join us it would be great.
Recently, I pieced together -- it needs work around the edges -- a mission, a set of articles that you may know already. I uploaded them to NowComment with the hope that we'll be able to use them to learn together about Kalief and the injustices that he suffered. http://youthvoices.net/kaliefbrowder
It's also possible to get the NowComment versions these articles from this blog post: http://nowcomment.com/blogs/34605
It's not a great time to start something new at my school, the end of a semester, but I'll be looking for moments to use this material with students. I'd love to collect stories, essays, and poems about or inspired by Kalief in the left column of the Youth Voices mission.
We'd like to have a conversation about this curriculum -- but really about Kalief on this week's Teachers Teaching Teachers, Wednesday June 10 at 9PM ET/8PM Central/7PM MT/6PM PT via Hangout On Air.
We would love it if you could join this conversation. Do you think you might be available? Is there anybody else you think would be good to join this conversation -- really a continuation of Black Lives Matter.