Writing by Punita Rice
Punita Rice is the founder of Punlearning, a lifestyle blog about career, motherhood, balance, style, and education. Outside of Punlearning, Punita’s writing centers around education, education policy, and her area of research: South Asian American student experiences, especially in context of issues such as teacher cultural proficiency, connectedness to school, socioemotional support, executive functioning skills (and related supports), and the model minority myth. She is currently writing her first book, centered around the experiences and stories of South Asian American young people, based on her research, and framed in the context of a post-multicultural America. She is also the director and founder of ISAASE, an outreach organization aimed at improving the experiences of South Asian American students in K-12 settings. Punita has been a visiting scholar at the High-Phi Epic Questions Institute at University of Virginia’s Department of Philosophy, through a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, has served on and chaired her former school’s literacy committee, and has also taught middle school Social Studies, English, and creative writing.
The Baltimore Sun - Altered Travel Ban Reveals American to be a Cowardly, Bad Neighbor (Print)
An op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun (print edition) on the travel ban. On firefighters, good neighbors, and fading American values. Read more.
Baltimore Sun - Altered Travel Ban Reveals America to be a Cowardly, Bad Neighbor (Online Edition)
An op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun (online edition) on the travel ban. On firefighters, good neighbors, and fading American values. Read the article here.
The Aerogram - Teachers Don’t Know Much About South Asian American Students
Teachers don’t know much about South Asian American students. This brief article featured in The Aerogram highlights selected components of Dr. Rice’s research, which finds that teachers lack cultural proficiency as related to their South Asian American students. Note: Cultural proficiency as having cultural knowledge, personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, and skills that enable teachers to effectively teach in multicultural environments. Read more.
The Aerogram - Why Research On South Asian American Students Matters
An article featured in The Aerogram on Why Research On South Asian American Students Matters. Read more.
Bullshit.ist - How the Technological Singularity will Impact the World (according to seventh graders) + Lesson Plan
Bullshit.ist published “How the Technological Singularity will Impact the World (according to seventh graders),” which includes an overview of a lesson plan I used to implement with my seventh graders. The article is a look at the insights of my students, and the incredible and creative ways in which they imagine components of society might be impacted by future changes in technology. The discussion includes examples of how society’s political systems, cultures, geography and human settlement patterns, and economic systems might be impacted. Read more.
Is Education Policy Broken?
There is a “disconnect between our stated ideals and our practices.” A look at some of the issues in education policy today, on Medium. Read more.
Philosophy in the Classroom
A personal essay on the value of Teaching Philosophical Thinking Skills in “the Classroom of the Future,” on Medium.com. Read more.
Why We Study History
A reflective personal essay on the reasons for studying and teaching history, with discussion of personal connections to the subject area. On Medium.com. Read more.
One-Sheets and PDFs
Fast Facts for Teachers on Supporting South Asian American Students
A collection of basic facts and important things to know about South Asian American students, geared towards teachers and other education leaders, but can be shared with anyone. Includes an overview of who South Asian American students are, and data on their experiences in school and teacher cultural proficiency. Available as a PDF. Read more.
Tips for Teaching South Asian American Students
A one-sheet of quick tips for how teachers can support South Asian American students. Key recommendations: Recognize diversity, develop cultural competence, support all students, pronounce names correctly, acknowledge by celebrating, and establish an appropriate classroom climate. Available as a PDF. Read More.
Name Pronunciation Guide
This is where the text for your Feature List Item should go. It's best to keep it short and sweet. Read more.
The ISAASE Be Inspired Project
The ISAASE “Be Inspired” Project (#ISAASEinspired) is aimed at featuring profiles of diverse South Asian American role models, and their stories of success, in order to inspire the next generation of young South Asian Americans. Click here to learn more.
Read the interviews
Read posts about some of the recent interviews.Click here