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These Humbled, Floored and Invigorated

 

As a youngster I had excess energy and drive— which sometimes (okay, often) got me in trouble in the classroom. Just ask any of my teachers. For you educators out there, you probably have a few students in mind that have exhibited these traits.  My Great Grand Mother Scott was aware of my unbridled enthusiam. So I would spend some summer days with my Grandma Scott. She was at MLK’s first “I have a dream” speech that took place in Detroit. Grandma also went to the 1963 March on Washington. In my childhood she worked to refine my enthusiasm and drive. It’s times like today that I wish she was alive. We would celebrate today’s news with a hug.

 

The first development is that I will have the opportunity this summer to give a short speech from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. After my grandmother told me about her experience in DC as a child, it’s been a lifelong goal of mine to have an opportunity to do this. I told Dr. Terrence Green from UT-Austin, one of the most talented speakers I know, that I want to Terrence Green this speech. I asked him if I could make his name a verb. For me, considering that the Lincoln memorial was the place my Grandmother heard MLK speak… it is too powerful for words. As you can see from the flyer below, the list of organizations and speakers who will be at the The People’s March for Education and Social Justice in July 2016 is long and distinguished. Please join the #PeoplesMarch16

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One more piece of news. Sometimes the rejection in academia can get you down. You don’t have enough of this or that— which is usually followed by a rejection from a journal and many other opportunities. Most of what we do is very isolating— we spend our time writing in quiet spaces. Add to the fact that as a nation we still have quite a bit of difficultly discussing issues of race, class, and multiculturalism in education thoughtfully— which translates to some push back against research that engages these issues.

So when your paper is accepted by a peer review journal— you celebrate! When your student finishes the dissertation— you celebrate! It’s the moment of celebrations that makes this difficult profession rewarding.Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 9.11.49 AM

When I received this tweet yesterday from Diversity in Education magazine, I was humbled.

To be mentioned on the same list as Pedro Noguera? Sonia Nieto? For other reasons Steve Perry? Michelle Rhee? Geoffrey Canada?

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It’s an invigorating honor for a son of Lansing, Michigan who grew up in public housing off of MLK Blvd not far from where Malcolm X’s father was killed.

Like you… I want to be a change agent. I desire in this short life to properly represent and honor my family, my university and my nation.

This isn’t a post that I will personally share in Facebook groups. I am not going to make a second LinkedIn post. It’s just for you and me and the conversation that we have together here on Cloaking Inequity. Thank you for reading.

Connect enthusiastically. Give relentlessly. Lead bravely.

Ted Coine

 

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About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (653 Articles)
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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