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The Anti-Racist Educator [interview with Keisha Rembert]




While this topic branches out more broadly for the Shake Up Learning listeners and readers, I want to use this platform to support the movement and to raise awareness and inspire action.

The Anti-Racist Educator

The Anti-Racist Educator

I’ve asked Keisha Rembert, award-winning teacher and co-author of “Being an Anti-Racist Educator is a Verb, to share her knowledge and advice for teachers.

Keisha is a fierce advocate for equity and has published works on diversity and inclusion in education. She also speaks nationally on this issue.

We cannot sit idly by and wait for change. We cannot sit idly by and wait for the mandated one-size-fits-all training on diversity and inclusion.

We must ACT, as Keisha says, “Being an anti-racist educator is a verb.”

It’s time for action, y’all. You with me?

Anti-Racism in the classroom is imperative. Listen as Kasey chats with @klrembert about how educators can do better on this bonus episode of #ShakeUpLearning.

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Keisha’s passion for equity, social justice, and youth literature coalesce in her membership and work on NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias, as an advisory board member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a board member and Senior Policy Fellow with Teach Plus, and as a Master History Teacher with Gilder Lehrman.

Angela Davis once said, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.”

Keisha shares this quote as she relates what drove her and two of her colleagues to make anti-racism a verb.

This quote is relevant because there is a distinction between being non-racist and truly being anti-racist. The distinction lies in the orientation of the action. We can no longer rest in complicity.

How Can You Be a Change-Maker?

As a teacher, Keisha recommends starting a conversation with your students about racism and the state of the world today.

These conversations need to be happening in the classroom at all ages and at all levels. This one thing can help us as educators take a stand and direct our students down the path of change and inclusion.

One of the actionable steps that our leaders in education need to take is to look at their hiring practices. Where are our teachers of color? Charge yourselves with taking action in that way. Plus, all teachers should go through anti-racism training. Also, review your policies, are they genuinely promoting equity in your schools for your students and your teachers?

Bring the Realities of the Present Day Into the Classroom

We have to talk about the topics that have historically been left out of the classroom. For instance, criminal justice reform, protests, police brutality, etc., because these are issues that are happening now and that our students have put into context.

They want to learn. They want to know what is going on, but they also need our help to process these events.

This should start happening at an early age. Keisha shared that there have been studies that show children as young as three shape their beliefs on race based on their environment. We need to be sure that we are teaching anti-racism as early as possible.

Strategically Teaching in the Classroom

Text is in every classroom, and it should direct the conversation in a more inclusive way to remove systemic inequities. Text can be anything from the books we read to the images and posters we use in our classrooms.

All students should be exposed to alternate text, not just black and brown students. When all perspectives are represented in education, then all voices are allowed to rise.

Our view of history, science, math, English doesn’t become diminished by including alternate perspectives in the narrative. Instead, that view becomes more comprehensive.

Create Projects that Encourage Student Activism

Students can create change. Revolutions start with young people who have always been the catalyst for change. We need to show them we value their voice and their opinion. To do this, we need to give them projects that allow them to affect change in their communities.

We can charge children of all ages with more in-depth thinking and a deeper understanding of the world around them. We need to create a curriculum that introduces children to alternative realities earlier in their education.

We also need to have representations of all students all year long. Not only during historic months or days.

#ShakeUpLearning and educate yourself on systemic inequality in our school system. @klrembert joins Kasey to share why we can no longer be non-racist… we must be anti-racist.

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How Can You Educate Yourself?

The first step to educating yourself is to learn and understand the history of racism.

She shares some great resources in this episode, and they are listed below. Become passionate and start learning more about the trials that Black Americans face.

Be the voice of change so that the same mistakes aren’t repeated.

Go for broke now. Use this opportunity to speak up and speak out. This is not a time to stand by and be complicit. It is time to act.

Keisha’s Recommended Resources:

The Anti-Racist Educator

About Keisha Rembert

The Illinois History Teacher of the Year for 2019 and the 2019 NCTE Middle-Level English Language Arts Educator of the Year, Keisha spent 16 years teaching 8th grade ELA and U.S. History and is now an Assistant Professor in Teacher Preparation at National Louis University in Chicago. Keisha credits her love of words and literature to her mother who put books in her hands at an early age and encouraged her to write early and often. She is a fierce advocate for equity, has published works on diversity and inclusion in education, and speaks nationally on this issue. Her passion for equity, social justice, and youth literature coalesce in her membership and work on NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias, as an advisory board member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a board member and Senior Policy Fellow with Teach Plus, and as a Master History Teacher with Gilder Lehrman.

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The Chromebook Infused Classroom – SULS070




In this episode, Kasey interviews Holly Clark about her new book, The Chromebook Infused Classroom.

The Chromebook Infused Classroom

Learn all about the Infused Classroom model, using Hyperdocs for remote learning, and practical ways to go from analog to digital!

Do you have Chromebooks in the classroom? Then you don’t want to miss this episode!

Conquer remote learning and digital learning experiences like a pro!

Whether Chromebooks are a new addition to your school, you’ve recently gone 1:1 in the classroom, or you’ve been using them for years and you want to make the most of technology for your learners…

The Chromebook Infused Classroom is a resource you will want to refer to again and again.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Amplify student voice in the classroom
  • Create opportunities to promote a global perspective and cultural empathy
  • Use technology to assess understanding and craft personalized learning experiences
  • Help students develop critical skills for success in school, work, and life



Shout out to Angela Draper on Instagram (@thevirtualprincipal) for sharing her excitement about joining the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy!

Learn more about all of the Google Certification academies by going to

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Here’s a 2-minute video to learn how!

The Chromebook Infused Classroom

Holly is the first repeat guest on the Shake Up Learning Show. Holly was featured in episode 17, where Kasey and Holly shared their ISTE presentation, The Learning Mixologist, a combination of Holly’s Infused Classroom Framework and Kasey’s Dynamic Learning Framework.

Holly is the author of The Google Infused Classroom, The Microsoft Infused Classroom, and now her new book, The Chromebook Infused Classroom. (I wrote the forward for this awesome new book!)

Going From Analog to Digital

Who is the audience for this book?

This book is for all levels of educators. There are practical ideas for teachers who are new to tech and ways to go deeper for those that are more tech-savvy.

What’s the difference between The Google Infused Classroom and The Chromebook Infused Classroom?

They are entirely different books. The Google Infused Classroom is focused on making thinking visible, and The Chromebook Infused Classroom is focused on the student-centered classroom and things like activating student curiosity. The new book takes you through a series of how to go from great analog activities to powerful digital activities.

Are Chromebooks required for this book?

No. This book is great for any kind of devices–tablets, laptops, Chromebooks, anything!

How will this book help with remote learning?

Holly shares 20 super tools in this book that will help teachers and students with remote teaching and learning. It is broken down, so you have ideas for how teachers can use each tool and how students can use each tool. She also shares practical lesson ideas and the power of student voice. Just hit record! (Also check out this great episode with Chris Nesi, How to Podcast with Students.)

Did you include Hyperdocs in this book?

Yes! Hyperdocs are great supporting all learners and a fantastic strategy for remote learning. Remember, Hyperdocs are more than simply a doc with links. Hyperdocs are a student-facing blended learning lesson that incorporates the 4 C’s, explore, explain, and apply lesson design that allows students to move at their own pace–a blended learning SUPERDOC!

Check out the FREE Hyperdocs Academy!

FREE BONUS Package with Book Purchase:

  • Private Facebook Group
  • VIP Webinars
  • Special Access Chapter
  • Private Book Study
  • Infographic Package

To get in on this:

✅   Buy the book HERE.

✅  Take a screenshot of receipt – and fill out this FORM

Look for your bonus package in your email!

The Chromebook Infused Classroom (Companion Course)

At the time of publishing, this course is 50%! Details in the link below.

This course helps teachers integrate technology in meaningful ways and is taught by leading experts in the field. Beyond learning from global expert Holly Clark, teachers will learn:

  • HyperDocs from Lisa Highfill
  • Interactive Classroom for Primary with The Merrill’s
  • Inquiry from Trevor MacKenzie
  • Adobe Spark from Tanya Avrith
  • Sketchnoting with Sylvia Duckworth
  • Google Certifications overview with Kasey Bell.

Learn more and enroll here.

The Chromebook Infused ClassroomAbout Holly Clark

Holly is an education thought-leader, international speaker, best selling author, and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom and over five years as an administrator in both public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is for helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding.

She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and is now the Chief Learning Officer at The Infused Classroom, Inc.  She still spends time co-teaching in classrooms where she can better help teachers and schools begin the process of putting students at the center of the learning. Holly consults with schools globally on blended learning environments where meaningful pedagogy is infused with the strategic use of technology.   She authors a popular education blog: and gives keynotes to audiences worldwide. You can follow her on twitter and Instagram @HollyClarkEdu.

G Suite Training for Schools

We have many programs to help your teachers learn how to meaningfully integrate Google tools and the entire G Suite in the classroom. From online courses to books, to face-to-face training, we got you covered!

COVID-19 forced many teachers and schools to scramble to find tools to deliver online assignments, design digital learning experiences, and G Suite was the number one suite of tools to help make this a reality.

Just in time resources and learning will help teachers, students, and parents survive the crisis. When we return to the new normal, G Suite skills will help set the foundation for more dynamic and meaningful learning in the classroom.

Get your entire campus or district on board with G Suite! Help your teachers learn more about G Suite tools, Google Classroom, and meaningful technology integration strategies. You can even help all your teachers become Google Certified Educators!

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The Chromebook Infused Classroom – SULS070


In this episode, Kasey interviews Holly Clark about her new book, The Chromebook Infused Classroom. Learn all about the Infused Classroom model, using Hyperdocs for Remote Learning, and practical ways to go from analog to digital!


Kasey Bell

Shake Up Learning

Shake Up Learning


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India Sees New Record Low Tariff In 2 Gigawatt Solar Bid




July 6th, 2020 by Smiti 

Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica

India witnessed a new record low solar power tariff in one of the recently concluded national level tenders. The new tariff bid is 3% lower than the previous record low bid which was first discovered in 2017 and then twice in 2018.

New Record Low Solar Tariff

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) bid out 2 gigawatts of solar power capacity late last month in an auction dominated by foreign project developers. Spanish, Italian, French, German, and British companies bagged sizeable shares in the tender while quoting aggressively low tariffs. The lowest tariff bid was submitted by Solarpack, a Spanish developer. The company submitted a bid to develop 300 megawatts of capacity at Rs 2.36 (US¢3.16) per kilowatt hour. The previous low in India’s solar power sector was Rs 2.44 (US¢3.27) per kilowatt hour. The tariff was quoted by Acme Cleantech in three different tenders.


Apart from Solarpack, the Indian subsidiaries of Enel Green Power, Eden Renewable, and ib vogt secured large capacities in the highly contested auction. Each of these companies had bid to develop 300 megawatts of capacity. Canada-based Amp Energy Group secured a 100-megawatt project. One of India’s largest renewable energy companies — ReNew Power — bid for 1,200 megawatts but could only manage to secure 400 megawatts. Solarpack and Enel Green Power issued press releases with details of project capacities and associated capital cost. The two companies are expected to invest over US$300 million to develop these projects. 

Huge Interest in Tender

Signs of a highly competitive auction were visible when interested developers submitted their initial capacity bids. Against an offered capacity of 2 gigawatts, 11 developers had committed to develop nearly 5.3 gigawatts of capacity. India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Limited, had submitted a bid to develop 1,180 megawatts. Some major companies that had initially expressed interest in the tender but either did not participate in the auction or failed to bag any capacity include O2 Power, Tata Power Renewables, Azure Power, and NTPC.

Indian Developers Stay Away

While Azure Power, Tata Power Renewables, and NTPC submitted bids in the initial round, they did not participate or manage to secure any capacity during the financial bidding round. A few other major developers stayed away from the tender entirely. Acme Cleantech, Hero Future Energies, and Adani Green Energy are some of the leading domestic developers that decided not to participate. Some of the Indian developers have been struggling financially for the last few years. Some, like Acme, Hero Future Energies, Azure Power, Tata Power Renewables, Adani Green Energy, and ReNew Power have sold assets or equity to raise funds.

Alignment of Multiple Factors Resulted in Low Bid

No single factor can be pointed out as the reason for such aggressive bids, but rather an alignment of multiple factors seem responsible for this new record-low bid.

India had imposed a safeguard duty on Chinese and Malaysian solar modules in 2018. The duty was imposed to protect interests of domestic manufacturers of solar cells and modules, as China accounted for up to 85% of all solar modules imported in India. This safeguard duty is set to expire at the end of this month. Understandably, this will substantially reduce the capital cost for setting up new projects.

India is contemplating replacing the safeguard duty with a customs duty. However, the government has clarified that developers can recover the resulting additional financial cost from buyers.

Over the last few months, the Indian government has exhibited major support for the renewable energy sector. Amid the COVID lockdown, project developers were allowed automatic extensions for commissioning deadlines. Additionally, despite the drastic decline in power demand the government made sure that buyers did not back down renewable energy projects and all generation from these projects was procured. The government also ensured that renewable energy generators continue to receive payments for the power generated. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy repeatedly issued orders asking utilities to ensure timely payments are made to renewable energy generators.

Power distribution companies that buy renewable power owe billions of dollars to generators. The government announced a $12 billion loan package for distribution companies to help them pay outstanding dues to all power generators, including renewable energy generators. Such steps seem to have provided some sense of confidence among developers that the government remains commitment to promotion of renewable energy sector. Despite India missing its renewable energy targets over the last few years, the government remains fully committed to the sector. The government is looking to expand a renewable purchase obligation for distribution companies.

A large number of projects have faced construction delays and are expected to miss their commissioning deadlines. Solar and wind energy projects commissioned by 31 December 2022 are exempted from transmission fees for 25 years. The government recently indicated that it may extend this deadline. This could allow even newer projects to take advantage for this exemption.

Another important reason for the record low tariffs is oversupply of modules resulting from a slowdown in construction activities due to COVID lockdown. Chinese manufacturers were the first to shut as well as to resume production facilities. While several of them had started production by March or April, construction activities were at a standstill in other parts of the world. This resulted in a glut of new solar cells and modules with no takers. As construction activity picks up, developers are expected to capitalize on the oversupply and lower prices. 

Like several other countries, India has also reduced its lending rates sharply to offset the adverse economic impact of COVID outbreak. The Reserve Bank of India has taken a number of measures to ensure companies have easy access to ample liquidity. Apart from specific lending and liquidity windows, the Reserve Bank also announced moratoriums on existing loan facilities and easier terms to raise money from bond markets. All these measures will reduce the cost of debt, specifically for capital-intensive businesses like power project development.

It remains to be seen if the Indian market has actually found a bottom in solar tariff bids or if there remains some more scope for reduction in tariffs. However, with such low tariffs one can expect that only those developers with deep pockets would be able to compete. This could result in emergence of new, and multiple, leaders in the Indian market.



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Tags: AMP Energy, COVID, COVID Lockdown, EDEN Renewables, Enel Green Power, India, India Solar Power, NTPC, RBI, renew power, Reserve Bank of India, SECI, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Solarpack, Tata Power Renewables

About the Author

Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.


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LG Chem Secures Bigger Tesla Battery Contract





Published on July 5th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

July 5th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan 

Global battery giant LG Chem has reportedly secured a bigger order of batteries from Tesla due to higher demand and an inability for Tesla to produce enough batteries for its cars on its own. At least, that’s the news out of Korea, where LG Chem is based, according to Reuters.

A source also told Reuters that Tesla was asking other battery producers (probably CATL and Panasonic) to increase battery supplies to help it meet growing consumer demand.

While it’s already been known that LG Chem is producing batteries in China for Tesla’s “Made-in China Model 3s,” one of the Reuters sources indicated that LG Chem is also changing over production lines in South Korea to produce batteries for Tesla.

As we’ve reported in recent weeks and as you can see in our chart above, the Tesla Model 3 is hugely popular in China and has been dominating the electric vehicle sales chart there this year. This follows Tesla recently ramping up mass production of the Made-in-China Model 3.

The Model 3 is also selling well in Europe, where it’s in a tight race with the Renault Zoe for the title of best selling plug-in vehicle in Europe, and in the United States, where it was the top selling vehicle of any kind or class in California in the 1st quarter.

The Reuters report did not indicate which factory the LG Chem would be headed to, but it would presumably be Tesla’s China gigafactory (Giga Shanghai), since Gigafactory 1 (Giga Nevada) should be producing enough batteries for Tesla’s vehicle production capacity in Fremont, California.

Aside from Tesla’s growth, LG Chem’s battery business has been growing like bamboo as European electric vehicle sales have exploded and EVs haven’t done too bad in a handful of other countries despite the coronavirus pandemic. Check out more recent LG Chem news to catch up on the company:

  1. Recent LG Chem, CATL, & SK Innovation Battery News
  2. LG Chem Has Begun Mass Production Of NCM712 Batteries In Poland
  3. Hyundai, Kia, & LG Chem Plan To Suck The Blood Of EV & Battery Startups
  4. 19× More Invested In EVs & EV Batteries In Europe Last Year Than In 2018
  5. LG Chem & Panasonic In Tight Race To Be #1 EV Battery Supplier, CATL Solidly #3
  6. Work Begins On GM/LG Chem GigaPower Battery Factory
  7. Lack Of Batteries Forces Audi To Curtail Production Of e-tron Electric SUV — Who Would’ve Predicted It?



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Tags: China, EV batteries, LG Chem, South Korea, Tesla, Tesla batteries, Tesla China, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model 3 China

About the Author

Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.


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