You may have noticed from Rethinking Schools Facebook page that four new editorial associates have joined our volunteer editorial board.
Moé Yonamine, from Portland, Ore., was born in Okinawa and brings the insights of someone who has lived in a place bullied–but not defeated–by colonial powers. Moé teaches and Oregon’s most racially diverse high school, Roosevelt. She has authored two articles for Rethinking Schools: “The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden History of Japanese Latin American Internment During World War II” and “But You Guys Wanted Us Here,” a review of the film ANPO: Art X War about the 1960 so-called mutual security pact between Japan and the United States. Moé has also written for our Zinn Education Project’s “If We Knew Our History” column. Recently, Moé gave birth to her fourth child. To give you a sense of her remarkable dedication, she drafted an article for Rethinking Schools as she was on hospital bed rest prior to delivery. Now that’s commitment!
Adam Sanchez teaches social studies at Madison High School in Portland. He is also an accomplished Rethinking Schools contributor, having written both policy and classroom pieces: “For or Against Children? The Problematic History of Stand for Children,” (written with Ken Libby); “Te Tremble: An Unnatural Disaster,” a trial role play on the Haitian earthquake; and “Oregonians Vote to Tax the Rich.” Adam is also a contributor to the books Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers. He is active in social justice union work in Oregon and co-founded the Portland area Social Equality Educators.
Grace Cornell Gonzales current teaches Spanish immersion kindergarten at a public elementary school in San Francisco. She became interested in teaching through working in adult education and with immigrant advocacy groups. She is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), and has traveled extensively through Latin America and taught in Brazil. Grace is the author of “An Unfortunate Misunderstanding: Saga of a Promising New Charter” in our spring issue, “Who Can Stay Here? Documentation and Citizenship in Children’s Literature,” “Sin Fronteras Boy: Students Create Collaborative Websites to Explore the Border,” and the Good Stuff column “Literature for Young Bilingual Readers.”
Earlier this year, you may have seen Jesse Hagopian with Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au on Democracy Now! Jesse was one of the lead organizers of the inspirational boycott of the MAP standardized tests at Seattle’s Garfield High School. He reflects on this struggle in an article in the spring issue of Rethinking Schools. Jesse is an experienced activist and frequent public speaker, a found of Seattle’s Social Equality Educators, a regular contributor of wildly popular articles at Commondreams.org, author of the chapter “Teacher Unions and Social Justice” in Education and Capitalism, and a contributor to 101 Changemakers. He is also a dad. Satchel, his second child, was born during the frenetic first days of the test boycott at Garfield.
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