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The Beautifully Different Brain

Originally published in the Greater Park Hill News, June 1st, 2021 Identifying Dyslexia Should Be The Norm, Not The Outlier By Erin Pier For the GPHN Erin Pier My daughter’s brain operates in a beautifully different way from mine. She has an episodic memory that...

When Students Have No Home

Originally Published in the Greater Park Hill News – May 3rd, 2021 It’s Hard To Learn, When You Don’t Know Where You’ll Sleep By Erin Pier For the GPHN Erin Pier I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, surrounded by white, middle-upper class Catholics. Because...

Life After A Year Of Solitude

Originally published in the Greater Park Hill News, March 31st, 2021 A Time To Move, Create, Connect, And Be Kind By Erin Pier For the GPHN Erin Pier Last September in these pages, I compared the crisis of COVID-19 with that of Sept. 11, 2001. I shared my opinion that...

A Big Win for Equity

Originally Published March 1st, Greater Park Hill News STEAM Academy Will Celebrate Black History, Black Joy and Black Culture 365 Days A Year By Erin Pier For the GPHN Erin Pier As a contributing columnist for Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education, I write...

Owning Our History

Originally Published in the Greater Park Hill News, Feb 2nd, 2021 It’s Time For Reflection And Action In Our Classrooms By Erin Pier For the GPHN Erin Pier Over the past year, Americans have been confronted with numerous examples of irrefutable racism. Ahmaud Arbery....

Deconstructing Keyes

Timeline of the Keyes Case Originally Published in The Greater Park Hill News – Jan 1st, 2021 Timeline Helps Crystallize Denver’s Rich History of Black Activism and Park Hill’s Critical Role In The Push To Desegregate Schools In Landmark Court Case By Erin Pier...

An Education Unlike Any Other

Originally published in The Greater Park Hill News on Dec 1st, 2020 Reflections Of A Year Of Schools, Interrupted Erin Pier I left my in-person job for the last time on a Thursday in March, under the impression I was beginning a three-week “extended spring break.”...

EdEquity – Inequity Alert!

Originally published in the Greater Park Hill News – Nov 1st, 2020 High-Stakes Testing During COVID-19 Is Preposterous By Erin Pier Erin Pier As this pandemic rages on, I have good days and I have bad. On the good days, I open my computer to start my work day...

EdEquity: Five Ways To Be Antiracist

Originally published on Oct 1st in the Greater Park Hill News by Erin Pier For the GPHN Committing To A Long Journey Toward Equality Erin Pier In August, Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education (PHNEE) introduced EdEquity Corner, a monthly Zoom meeting that...

A Tale Of Two Crises

Originally published in Greater Park Hill News on August 31st, 2020 Living In A State Of Suspended Animation I was only 17 at the time, but I can recall in vivid detail the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Anyone who is old enough remembers exactly where they were and what...