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March 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

César Chávez Day Is On March 31st – Here Are Related Resources

Cesar Chavez Day is recognized as a holiday by eight states in the U.S., and falls on March 31st — his birthday (or a Monday/Friday that is closest to a weekend).

It’s an important day to me since I began my work in social justice by working on the grape boycott long ago.

You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez & The United Farm Workers Union.

March 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Important Collection Of Lessons & Short Films On Race & Racism From NY Times Learning Network

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students is an important collection of videos and accompanying lesson plans from The New York Times Learning Network.

It’s not to be missed…

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

March 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Stanford Speech Is Filled With Useful Quotes For Students

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotmayor spoke at Stanford Friday night. Based on media accounts of her talk, it was a blockbuster filled with quotes that I plan on using with my students in lessons. I heard about it on Twitter via Washington Post reporter Emma Brown.

Supreme Court’s Sotomayor, at Stanford, talks of success, failure and resiliency is an article from The San Jose Mercury News that provides great excerpts. I’m hoping that a transcript or video will show up, but I haven’t been able to find either one yet.

Here’s one:

The article also has nice excerpts on the importance of reading and how to recover from mistakes.

Here’s a TV news report on her speech:

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Supreme Court.

March 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Tell If & How Our Classrooms Have Changed Since The Presidential Election

How has your classroom changed since the 2016 election? is the question from, the wildly-popular online news site.

They want to know:

What kinds of conversations are taking place about the issues of the day? Have teachers found constructive ways of talking to their students about things like fake news? Have they changed the structure of their curriculum to help students better understand the effects of changing policy?

There’s a form on the site that teachers can complete.

Interestingly and sadly, this morning’s headline on NPR was ‘I Have Children Crying In The Classroom.’

And, of course, The Washington Post shared how it affected my classroom at  ‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’

When I think about, I’m still shocked that Rick Hess and his co-author actually blamed teachers for creating student fear after the election (see No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own).

And, speaking of student fear, keep this list handy: The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges



March 9, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

TED Talks Announces “TED en Español”

TED Talks announced today they were going to have their first TED Talks program in Spanish, TED en Español, which will include journalist Jorge Ramos.

The same announcement shared a number of Spanish-language initiatives TED-Talks is undertaking, including Spanish-language versions of their popular TED-Ed video animations.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

March 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students

Photo – Cap Radio

Our district, Sacramento City Unified School District, just announced – at our school’s library, no less – a major campaign to assist undocumented students and their families.

The district announced it will distribute tens of thousands of “know your rights” cards in multiple languages to all students and will assist in coordinating immigration attorneys and providers of other resources to help these individuals at school sites. District officials also want to reinforce a message that all students are welcome. The district will begin hanging up multi-colored banners and lawn signs at every school site with the message: “Safe Haven: ALL students are welcome”. It will also be running a series of ads and promotional videos on social media to underscore the contributions of undocumented students and families in the community. Parents, teachers and community members will be encouraged to join the campaign by signing pledge cards in support of the Safe Haven effort.

Here are some articles about it:

Sac City Unified Launches Program To Protect Undocumented Students is from Public Radio.

Sacramento City Unified School District launches ‘Safe Haven’ campaign

Sacramento school district introduces ‘sanctuary schools’ campaign

You might also be interested in The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges.

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