Embracing Neurodivergence

By Janet Baird, Bright Morning Senior Associate What is Neurodivergence? My journey with neurodivergence started about 15 years ago when my oldest son, J.T., was born. He is neurodiverse, which simply means his brain is wired differently. At three years old he was diagnosed with a variety of processing disabilities: auditory, sensory, visual, motor planning.

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Designing Equitable Schools and Classrooms Webinar Recap in Four Quotes 

By Patrick Britton On December 5, 2019, Bright Morning President, Elena Aguilar and Senior Associate Jessie Cordova discussed steps to building equitable schools and classrooms.  During the course of this powerful discussion, framed as a question and answer session, Elena and Jessie shared insights on ways to more deeply engage in the work of dismantling

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Do No Harm: The Urgency of Bridging Across Difference

By Lori Cohen, a Bright Morning Associate and contributing blogger “[We] see everything fragmentarily…We are being conditioned by society, by the culture in which we live, and that culture is the product of humanity…There is the vast field of the mind, and unless we bring about a radical change in this fragmentation, there can be no

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Talking Politics in the Days of Discord

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer At Bright Morning our tagline is “every conversation counts,” because we know how very true this is. When we approach conversations with intention, we can strengthen connections, and inspire and empower ourselves and others.  Amid the seemingly constant discord in our country, I’ve been forced to

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5 Ways to Do Equity Work Daily

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer  I’ve spent the last 15 years in roles focused on supporting the learning and development of other adults. Over this time, I’ve noticed (and heard from many Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness practitioners whom I respect and love) a trend: When it comes to owning our learning,

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5 Reasons Why People Don’t Want to Change Their Beliefs

by Jessie Cordova, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger    The work of coaching people around beliefs is the work that must happen in order to create equitable learning spaces and outcomes. But we need to understand this: asking someone to believe something different than what they currently believeis like asking someone to cut

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