Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Women’s March

It seems like an amazing day around the world today.

I’ll be adding new useful classroom resources to this list as more become available.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

Here’s what I have so far – please suggest more in the comments section:

Women’s March on Washington: A sea of pink-hatted protesters vows to resist Donald Trump is from The Washington Post.

Organizers Hope Women’s March On Washington Inspires, Evolves is from NPR.

The Women’s March on Washington has spread to 57 countries around the globe is from Vox.

Where Women’s Marches Are Happening Around the World is a NY Times interactive.

Women’s Marches Go Global: Postcards From Protests Around The World is from NPR.

Women’s anti-Trump march clogs Washington streets is from Reuters.

Pictures From Women’s Marches Around the World is from The NY Times.

How the Women’s March compares to other women-led rallies on the Mall is from The Washington Post.

Worldwide, people rally in support of Women’s March on Washington is from The Washington Post.

Photos of the Women’s Marches Around the World is from The Atlantic.

Overhead Shots Show Massive Women’s March Crowds in Cities Across America is from Slate.

January 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More New Inauguration Resources

Here are more new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017:

Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

Photos of the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump is from The Atlantic.

How Trump’s inaugural address compares to his predecessors, charted is from The Washington Post.

The Worst Presidential Inaugurations, Ranked is from The Atlantic.

How Trump’s inaugural speech differed from past presidential addresses is from The Washington Post.

January 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Useful Inauguration Resources

Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017:

What to Know About Every Inauguration in American History is from TIME.

Beginning of a presidency: inauguration speeches in search is a new interactive tool from Google. You can read more about it here.

Now you can search past inaugural addresses for Donald Trump’s favorite expressions is a Washington Post interactive.

Why Dozens of Congress Members Are Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration is from Rolling Stone.

Why Some Democrats in Congress Refuse to Attend Trump’s Inauguration is from The Atlantic.

The Women’s March on Washington has spread to 57 countries around the globe is from Vox.

The Inauguration of a New President: A Lesson Plan on Predicting and Evaluating the First 100 Days of a Trump White House is from The New York Times Learning Network.

January 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Common Good Forecaster” Is Intriguing Interactive To Measure Impact Of Ed In Every U.S. County

The Measure of America regularly creates very helpful data interactives and has been on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners list for a long time.

They’ve just unveiled what they call the “Common Good Forecaster” “that lets you explore the impact of increased educational attainment on 10 indicators by county, by state, or nationwide.”

They go on to say:

How do education levels affect your community? Education is linked to more than higher incomes and employment rates: better educational attainment is associated with reduced crime rates and less incarceration, higher life expectancies, less obesity, and increased civic engagement. By adjusting adult (25+) education levels, users can see the potential effects on a range of economic, political, and social variables and better understand how investing in education can improve outcomes not only for individuals but for society as a whole.

You can see a screenshot of the page on our county, Sacramento.   They have a big report citing their data and methodology.

I don’t feel I’m qualified to judge its accuracy, but their past reports have seemed pretty impressive.

January 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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President Obama On The Role Of Stories In Developing Relationships & Making Change

Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him appeared in today’s New York Times. There’s a lot there to talk about, but I was particularly struck by his talking on more than one occasion about the key work of community organizers (I was one for nineteen years) the importance of eliciting people’s stories.

Here’s one excerpt:

I’ve previously written about that key strategy and how to apply it in the classroom:

English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories

Get Organized Around Assets

Students Remember More When They Tell Stories

In one of those pieces, here’s how I described the same organizing perspective that President Obama talked about:

In my twenty years as a community organizer, my job was to listen to people’s stories, then use those stories as a way to light fires.

The process was usually the same: first I encouraged the people I worked with to share their stories publicly and find commonalities with the stories of others, perhaps considering new interpretations along the way. I then challenged them, often collectively, to take action in response to what they frequently discovered were common issues. The final step was always to encourage reflection on the whole process. How could what they learned be applied to future problems?

It’s one of the key skills needed in successful organizing and, I think, can also be very effective while working with students.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

January 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Useful Educational Resources On Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King:

This is a great quote to have students respond to in writing – What do they think he means by it? Do they agree? Support your position with your experiences, observations and other readings

King appears to have actually adapted and modified it from both the Bible and a Langston Hughes poem

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