What We Learn When School Can’t Stop | Nora Flanagan | TEDxWrigleyville

TEDxWrigleyville 2020 Theme: “Humanity, a View From Inside the Pandemic,” filmed inside Wrigley Field (Chicago) amidst civil unrest and with full compliance of Covid-19 related quarantine restrictions.

Nora Flanagan has been teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. In her talk, “What We Learn When School Can’t Stop”, she shares ideas and solutions to bridge the gaps between teachers, parents, schools and communities. Nora Flanagan has been teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. Born and raised on the South Side, educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Near West Side, and now living and teaching on the North Side, Nora considers all of Chicago her neighborhood. As such, she has spent her career working in schools that draw from throughout the city; she currently teaches at Northside College Prep High School, where her priorities include teaching banned books, advocating for the inclusion of more comics and graphic novels, working to diversify authors and texts in the curriculum, and creating more spaces and opportunities for student voices in school-based decisions.

Nora also researches and organizes against white nationalism, as she has since she was a teenager in Chicago’s punk scene. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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