“Understanding Race in a Country Divided”
Race and racism can be tricky topics to discuss in the classroom. With so many diverse experiences, perspectives, and opinions on these emotionally-charged issues, it can be tempting to avoid conversations about race to skirt potential conflict.
But if there’s any hope of creating greater harmony and […]
“Feminism: Finding Our Way Forward”
Do you think men and women are equal? Do you think women around the world enjoy the same rights and privileges as men? What about jobs—can men and women work the same jobs and get paid the same for their work?
Many people believe that all people should […]
“Transgender and Non-Binary People Have Always Been Here”
There’s been a lot of news in the last few years about transgender and non-binary people. Yet many folks don’t know for sure what the words “transgender” or “non-binary” mean.
Adding to the confusion are headlines and articles that declare that the fight for transgender […]
“Helping Kids Understand the Immigration Debate”
The United States is a nation of immigrants. With the exception of Native Americans, everyone living here has immigrant ancestors hanging from their family tree. Many of you live or work or attend school with immigrants. Some of you see an immigrant when you look in the […]
“Igniting Your Students’ Passions by Using the FIRE Method”
Recently I was asked by my middle school alma mater to give a talk to sixth graders as part of their curriculum on pursuing passions. The teacher specifically asked that I be as honest as possible, since a lot of the students […]
“Combining History with Fantasy – Why and Three Hows”
To be an historian, you must be detail oriented. But writing fantasy is about creativity and imagination. So when I decided to use my Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history to write a fantasy story for middle grade readers—a story that sends two […]
“Dares, Diseases, and Decisions: How Wreck Came to Be” Trigger Warning: Death, Assisted Suicide
In the summer of 2015, an editor said to me, “You know, I’ve never seen a YA novel about assisted suicide.” And I thought, “Game on,” because I’m a […]
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