Teaching Tolerance (a project of the southern poverty law center) is "a place to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools".
They provide free educational materials such as books, documentaries, DVDs, the Teaching Tolerance magazine and other items to promote social justice in our schools. They also have a blog for educators to share their insights, experiences and day-to-day struggles with anti-bias education issues.
A few months ago my principal sent an email notifying me that Teaching Tolerance was looking for writers. As a frequent reader of this blog and supporter of the work I do in the classroom he suggested I get in touch with them.
I was asked to write a try-out piece which I entitled On the Playground. It took quite a while for them to get back to me and thinking they were not interested I posted it on my own blog (recently Hilary at The Smitten Image kindly selected it as a Post of the Week.)
However, Teaching Tolerance was interested! They asked for a simple revision and yesterday I got notification that my post was "live". How exciting is that? I am submitting a second try-out post this weekend and after that may or may not be offered a contract. The brilliant thing about all this (other than being paid to write) is having the opportunity to share my journey with a broader audience and forge connections with other educators who are passionate about the same issues.
I am grateful for this opportunity and hopeful that they will like my second try-out post. I'll keep you posted. In the meanwhile you can find my post here.