Ms. Punwani’s 8th grade students have studied the detention of children crossing the border into Texas, displacement of refugees, and investigative journalism to explore issues of District of Columbia schools. An Open Book Foundation is a nonprofit literacy organization with a mission “to promote literacy among disadvantaged […]
I spoke today to a group of staff members at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. I was invited by the Diversity Committee that seeks to introduce its staff to some background on the cultures of the people they serve. We listened to the Tcha Tcho music […]
The story of THE GOOD BRAIDER has been welcomed in Lowell, Massachusetts, a city that has many refugees and will soon bring 500 newcomers from Congo. Through a University of Massachusetts Lowell grant, the book has been made available to many who are preparing for the Congolese along with […]
Today, English language learners at the Manchester Adult Learning Center in New Hampshire celebrated their year of study with a culture fair. I want to begin with a young father, a member of South Sudan’s Dinka tribe, who performed a traditional dance of the Dinkas at […]
“We are not Nuer or Dinka, we are South Sudan, we are Nilotic (of the Nile.)” Nykhor Paul Please read her story in the Guardian.
Heather Flanders, ELL Specialist at Gorham High School in Maine sent me two stories. She wrote, “I hope you are as moved as I was,” and I was. The stories were written by her students Amna and Megan, their own visions of the next chapter in […]
I first read Ha Jin’s poem, “The Past” as part of the PBS series, Lost Childhoods about children who have survived war. I’ve referred to the poem in my own mind to myself and to readers of The Good Braider about the idea of not only surviving, but […]