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Scholar Activism: Community Connections


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Tch Laureate Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe teaches ELA at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) in New York City, a secondary school where teachers refer to their students as “Scholar-Activists.” She’s developed a unit on Scholar Activism for her middle school students so they have a better idea of what that title means and the honor it carries.

So far, we've explored the following questions:

In this post, Geneviève focuses on the ways we can collaborate with a range of community members, like fellow educators, students' families, and community organizations, to create an authentic and engaging learning experience for our students (aka scholar-activists).

Let's listen to Geneviève as she shares her ideas:


Collages in the Classroom

Teaching with Zines

Museum of the City of New York: Activist NY

  • Follow #ActivistNY on Twitter and help tell the story of today’s activists.

Classroom Resources


Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Geneviève strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment, and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and currently serves as a commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Geneviève is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York City. Connect with Geneviève on Twitter: @GenevieveDeBose.

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