In These Divided Times

In These Divided Times

Yesterday, I was given the opportunity to speak for 5 minutes on the ISTE small stage. I was given five minutes to share something I am passionate about. Something I care about. I knew I wanted to discuss technology. I knew I wanted to discuss division, I thought I would discuss the Global Read Aloud, and yet as I started writing I realized the inherent opportunity I had been given to speak about something I am still learning about and growing within. Something I have spoken about before but not at ISTE, not in a tech space. So yesterday, I delivered the following Ignite to a full room. I don’t know if my words will matter, I never do, but I was nervous and proud to speak from the heart. Hopefully, I didn’t screw it up too much. And while some told me it was a brave speech, I am not so sure about that, after all, I am pretty protected within my privileged place. It was truly the least I could do as we continue to work toward a better world for all, not just those of us with privilege.

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Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book Empowered Schools, Empowered Students is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.