Jinnie Spiegler

Jinnie Spiegler has been working in education for more than 20 years, as a program director, leader, and activist.  She is a New York City public school parent and has written about parenting on social justice issues. A former Morningside Center staff member, she is currently a TeachableMoment and Twitter contributor.

Recent posts by Jinnie

Parent 'Table Talk': Dolls and Diversity
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Feb. 10, 2016


Recently, there have been several news stories about consumers demanding, and toy companies creating, more diverse representations of dolls for children. This includes more dolls of color, dolls with disabilities, and dolls with different body types as well as other... Read more

Parent 'Table Talk': Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Dec. 8, 2015


Because the issue of gun violence and mass shootings is in the news so frequently, young people are talking about it, which makes it an important issue to discuss with them. However, it is a sensitive, scary and potentially painful topic. Prior to... Read more

Parent 'Table Talk': Sports, Mascots & Bias
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 30, 2015


The decades-old controversy over the Washington D.C’s football team’s name has come back into the news lately. The Washington Redskins, a National Football League (N.F.L) team, has been criticized for using the term “redskins.” Every major... Read more

Parent 'Table Talk': Refugees, Reactions and World Response
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Oct. 19, 2015



Refugees from Syria have been leaving their homes in search of safety and assistance since the country’s civil war began in 2011. The refugees have been fleeing civil war, persecution and poverty—traveling at great lengths and great risk to survive. As of... Read more

Exploration: A raise for low-wage workers
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Apr. 29, 2015

To the teacher

Over the past few years, debate has grown over whether we need to raise our nation’s minimum wage and the wages of fast food and other low-wage workers.  These workers and their allies have pressured companies to raise salaries through strikes, protests, and campaigns.... Read more