Sam Blanchard's teaching career began at a public elementary school in Portland, Oregon. Sam received a master’s in teaching elementary education from Brown University. Currently, Sam is a Ph.D. student in urban schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles. Sam is passionate about restorative school practices and identity-affirming curriculum, classrooms, and school environments. 

Articles by Sam

We Need LGBTQ-Affirming Learning Environments in Person or Otherwise

All learning next school year—whether in-person, remote or hybrid—requires inclusive, safe spaces for students.

Standing Up and Speaking Out About Gender

Sam Blanchard reminds us that no student is too young to learn to respect other people's identities.

Tell Us About Your Day: The Significance of a Closing Circle

One elementary teacher explains how she uses closing circles to create a safe, reflective space for students to discuss their days with their classmates and leave school knowing that others care.
A map of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi with overlaid images of key state symbols and of people in community

Learning for Justice in the South

When it comes to investing in racial justice in education, we believe that the South is the best place to start. If you’re an educator, parent or caregiver, or community member living and working in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi, we’ll mail you a free introductory package of our resources when you join our community and subscribe to our magazine.

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