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Getting Ready to Teach Next Year

Covid-19 has made the 2019–20 school year one we will never forget. With no notice or preparation, teachers were forced to pivot to online teaching.

As school districts begin to plan the 2020–21 academic year, online learning will most likely play a prominent role in recovery efforts as many districts will shift to a system that combines online and in-person instruction. Read more »

How to Choose Outstanding Multicultural Books [web resource]

How do you know if a children’s book you’re about to share with your students accurately portrays the culture of its characters? Are there warning signs to look for? Are there telltale things that mark an outstanding multicultural book?

Get 50 great book recommendations plus advice from top educators, writers, and illustrators on how to spot literature that transcends stereotypes.

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Social Distancing: Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Read more »

Quick Guide: California Colleges and Universities Respond to the Coronavirus

When will colleges reopen for in-person instruction? Will college students be able to receive refunds for their dorm and dining plans? What about tuition and fees? How are high school seniors being affected in terms of making a decision about what college they will attend?

Because of California’s size, and the number of different colleges, there are many differences in exact schedules and how instruction will be offered this fall. Find the answers to these and other questions in this Quick Guide produced by EdSource. Read more »

CNN and ‘Sesame Street’ to Host a Town Hall Addressing Racism

CNN and “Sesame Street” will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding in a 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” scheduled to air on Saturday, June 6, at 10am ET.

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For Educators: Teaching About the Black Lives Matter Movement

International protests in response to the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tony McDade show the vast reach and profound importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Teaching Tolerance has developed resources that can help spur much-needed discussion around implicit bias and systemic racism, but they can also empower your students to enact the changes that will create a more just society. Read more »

How to Talk to Your Children About Protests and Racism

As cities and social media explode with anger over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, worried parents struggle with how to protect their children from seeing the worst of the violence while simultaneously explaining the ravages of racism. Read more »

How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

Children’s lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the “bad things” away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. Read more »

How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects

In a world where even little kids learn about horrific subjects, it’s important for parents to put things in perspective, field questions, and search for answers together. Read more »

Educating Our Children: Talking to Kids About Racism & Police Brutality [web resource]

On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer held him pinned to the ground with a knee on his neck.

Due to the pandemic, schools are already bracing and preparing for the trauma associated with prolonged distance learning, along with the health and economic instability that has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Now we must grapple with how to best support students and families during periods of personal and collective grief as well as civic unrest. Read more »

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