The biggest thing to know as an anti-oppressive educator is that the way things have always been done has gotten us where we are now, and that’s not okay.
Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, Scholastic, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.
Kass Minor is an inclusive educator who is deeply involved in local, inquiry-based teacher research and school community development. Alongside partnerships with the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project and the New York City Department of Education, she has worked as a teacher, staff developer, adjunct professor, speaker, and documentarian. Most recently, along with her partner and husband, Cornelius Minor, she has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Kass facilitates critical conversations that lead to improved, engaged, and more powerful teaching practices, allowing loveful pedagogies to persist in the realm of teaching and learning. She has contributed content to Heinemann Education Blog, inclusiveclassrooms.org, and has been featured in Teaching Tolerance Magazine. She is currently drafting a podcast with her peers entitled Pedagogy of the People, inspired by her NorthStar, the late Myles Horton. Kass has taught in elementary and secondary schools in both ICT and 12:1 service models. Her work is inspired by the communities that surround her and motivated by the idea that every adult can teach, and every student can learn.
Connect the potential of your students with your potential as a teacher.
There isn’t a magic switch to flip – and we know that. Change takes work, but having a path to follow can take you further down the road less traveled.
Kass and Corn’s odyssey as parents rivals their many adventures as educators. The Minor family enjoys quiet strolls in the city and noisy romps through the country. They make lots of things. Their kitchen has more art than The Guggenheim. They play board and video games, and dance lots when their favorite playlists come on. They spend lots of time at the public library, and the girls have their own spots on the floor at their local bookstore.
Cornelius knows all the funny voices from the picture books that they read. Kass can bring stuffed animals to life. The girls say that the Minors will be one of the first families in space. Like a cosmic Paw Patrol. Their parents believe them. Because dreams.