Modeling Writing and Vulnerability – Amanda Blaine – “Create Safety by Modeling Vulnerability”

Topic: Modeling Writing and Vulnerability Lead: Molly Sprayregen Resources: “Create Safety by Modeling Vulnerability” and “Becoming Your Own Expert—Teachers as Writers” Many of us on staff at 826CHI are not in programming, but everyday, all of us are, in various ways, communicating the significance of what we do here and promoting the importance of asking students […]

Deficit Mindsets and Biases – Sarah Michaels – “Deja Vu All Over Again: What’s Wrong With Hart & Risley and a ‘Linguistic Deficit’ Framework in Early Childhood Education?”

Topic: The 30 Million Word Gap, deficit mindsets, interpreting data, research biases Lead: Sarah Kokernot Resources: Deja Vu All Over Again and Questioning Payne Led by our Programs Manager, Sarah, the main article we read for this dialogue critiqued a widely-cited and highly influential sociological study on the “word gap” which is said to occur between […]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals & Chicago Public Schools – Diane Pathieu and Karen Jordan – “CPS students head back to class; Emanuel assures DACA students are safe”

Led by our Development Coordinator, Ola, we discussed common perceptions of philanthropy, the strengths and limitations of foundation-based funding, and the value of community philanthropy. We also applied the themes from our discussion to 826CHI’s goals, as outlined in our Strategic Plan, including how to foster a culture of philanthropy.