I spend a lot of time talking about lingustic choice – so it’s high time I clarify mine:

Bilingual educationHappens when:

  • The family language is valued and both languages are used for a variety of purposes
  • Bilingualism is promoted at home and school and is socially advantageous
  • Learners have well-developed L1 before L2 learning begins.
  • Learners have opportunity to develop literacy in L1 and L2

For more discussion on bilingual education (and how awesome it is) click here!

Brown folks -  my favorite way of referring to folks (like me) that tend to have skin colors in the brown range. I really have no problem with the term ‘people of color’ except for the fact that it’s still affirms white as the standard. While ‘brown’ like all other categories exists in relationship to other categories – it’s a community comparison, rather than a opposing definition. I like it, and I’m rolling with it.

CBPR - Community based participatory research. Basically CBPR happens when researchers and community members work in tandem to address a community problem AND provide the community with solutions.  

CM – Teach for America corps member

Food Justice – “In today’s food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of “globesity.” To combat these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table.” (h/t to Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi for this definition).

H/t - A hat tip – a very blogg-y  way of giving props. 

Hot mess – Used to refer to anything outrageous – can be funny, I tend to use it perjoratively.

Racism – Ideally, all education should be explicity anti-racist. Since that’s not the case and since institutional and institutionalized racism are largely to blame for our modern urban education crisis it’s important for me to be clear about what I mean by the term. I think it’s actually more useful to describe ‘white privilege’ first (I’ll let do the heavy lifting here): “A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by white persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.” So racism is the systemic (like the way capitalism is systemic) maintance of this power structure. There’s obviously a lot to be said here,  but 2 main points are crucial: racism isn’t abstract, it’s real, systemic and privileges white people in profound ways.

Look for me to add more terms as I continue learning, writing, teaching and leading. If you’re achin’  for me to define something I talk about - comment here and let me know!