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Blood Money – The Making of Philadelphia’s Heroes

Abstract “Truth and reconciliation are not simultaneous. They are sequential. Tell the truth first, and it’s the truth that motivated you to understand what it will take to recover, repair, endure – and to reconcile. – Bryan Stevenson This is a 6 day unit for secondary students that focuses on Colonial Philadelphia and specifically Stephen Girard, who is considered by modern standards to have been the 4th wealthiest American in US history. This unit explores…

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Whose Cultural Heritage? March 2, 2023

America is a nation of immigrants with vibrant stories and cultural backgrounds. So then, why does our teaching of history, with monuments and symbols, only sometimes reflect those backgrounds?  Whose narrative are we teaching in the classroom? What cultural experiences do we elevate in our teaching? Moreover, which texts do we use to discuss American history? As the English teacher for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), I primarily work with children who are immigrants or…

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