What’s With the Pronouns?

You may have noticed something new in the signatures you see at the end of an email from someone at school. No, I’m not talking about the beautiful new Wellan logo (though that is a work of art). I’m talking about pronouns. These identifying pronouns in our school email signatures acknowledge the reality that a person’s gender identity is not something we can assume based on that person’s name or physical appearance. The pronouns serve as a cue to email recipients on how to refer to the sender. Being welcoming and inclusive of all gender identities is a subject that is important to me, as I expressed in my previous blog post. Encouraging children to be their best selves is literally my job.

Upper Elementary Drama: The Heartbeat of Shakespeare

To Shakespeare, or not to Shakespeare, that is the question. In my opinion, the answer is always, “Absolutely Shakespeare!” There tends to be a preconceived notion that Shakespeare is too intellectual to be enjoyable. His plays are bogged down with outdated words that makes them too intimidating to even think about picking up. But, if you’ve ever described yourself as “lonely” or you’ve ever “elbowed” someone, or found something “lackluster,” then you’re already more familiar with the Bard’s language than you may have guessed. Back in September on the first day of Upper Elementary Drama, I asked the students how many lines of Shakespeare they thought they could memorize before the end of the

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