Home » ExchangeEveryDay » New Video Exchange Reflections is Here

ExchangeEveryDay Past Issues

<< Previous Issue | View Past Issues | | Next Issue >> ExchangeEveryDay
New Video Exchange Reflections is Here
October 8, 2021
Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.
-Langston Hughes, From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

We at Exchange Press are offering something new: an Exchange Reflections that is focused on a video, as well as an article. We hope to develop a wide selection of both article and video Reflections.

This new Exchange Reflections Video Edition is called "Black Boy Joy: Centering BIPOC Children." It’s based on a wonderful video made by educators Mike Browne and Amir Asim Gilmore, and encourages discussion on how all educators can embrace and affirm BIPOC children. Mike says:

"At the end of the day we want to make sure they are visible, they are validated, and they are loved."

Here are a few discussion topics from the video and the Reflections:

Mike explains that during some moments when children are being joyful, he can feel annoyed because they are being loud—even though it’s a "joyful loud." He wonders, "How can I center not myself and my feelings, but instead, center the children’s happiness?"

Amir asks, "How often are we talking about joy for children, especially Black children? We’re getting them ready for the ‘real world.’ Preparing them. But we leave out that conversation about joy."

Mike and Amir also discuss what they call "the pedagogy of no," a culture we may unwittingly create for children in which they’re constantly being told, "Don’t do this, don’t do that…" Amir adds, "When you become an adult, you’ve been told your whole life not to do things." Instead, he believes, we need to tell children, especially Black children, "You can do it, and I’ll support you."

Exchange Reflections

Use coupon code REFLECT
for 50% off ANY Exchange Reflections

Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a Making Commitments idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.

Offer valid through November 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
May not be combined with any other offer.
Not valid on bulk purchase discounts.


Delivered five days a week containing news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.

What is ExchangeEveryDay?

ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsletter for Exchange Press. It is delivered five days a week containing news stories, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more.

Post a Comment

Have an account? to submit your comment.


Your e-mail address will not be visible to other website visitors.

Check the box below, to help verify that you are not a bot. Doing so helps prevent automated programs from abusing this form.

Disclaimer: Exchange reserves the right to remove any comments at its discretion or reprint posted comments in other Exchange materials.