Technology Coaches Newsletter

February 2022

Teacher Feature

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Cynthia Young-Gomes - Washburn, 5th Grade

The students were tasked with surviving a National Park. They needed to use media such as photographs, charts, side bars, drawings, maps, graphs to provide information about their chosen park. Their survival guides included facts, what to bring, what to wear, possible hazards, and many more topics. Check out a few students products below.

Angela Stubbs- Park Ave, 5th Grade

Students wrote an informational text. Students have been working during their literacy rotations to complete a Keynote that would be then turned into a movie. Students needed to include a title page, images, and facts about their writing topic. Watch this student example on Honey Bees. See more student videos here.
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Podcasts for your Classroom

No talking during snack? Have students listen to a podcast! Check out these Podcasts for kids.

Hey Black Child Podcast

Mystery Recipe

Family Roadtrip Podcast

Molly of Denali Podcast

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Black History Month

Marley Dias

Marley Dias is a purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015, leveraging the power of social media to reach a larger audience. The goal was to collect 1,000 books featuring Black female protagonists by February 2016. The story went viral and was picked up by media outlets around the world as well as bloggers, schools, youth-focused organizations and millions of individuals who wanted to participate in the project. Marley has collected over 13,000 books to-date.

A #1000BlackGirls database was created in direct response to the multiple requests made by educators, parents and students. GrassROOTS Community Foundation has put together a database of all the books we have received. You can browse titles by reading levels.

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

Scroll down to search the database

Check out the Learning for Justice Website

We support this mission by focusing our work with educators, students, caregivers and communities in these areas:

  1. Culture and Climate
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Leadership
  4. Family and Community Engagement

Since our founding as Teaching Tolerance in 1991, we have had a strong foundation of providing educational resources, and we are building on that foundation with expanded engagement opportunities for communities, especially in the South.

Our free educational resources—articles, guides, lessons, films, webinars, frameworks and more—help foster shared learning and reflection for educators, young people, caregivers and all community members. Our engagement opportunities—conferences, workshops, and school and community partnerships—provide space where people can harness collective power and take action.

Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History

Go beyond trauma and struggle to examine the liberation, civic engagement, creativity and intersecting identities of Black people during Black History Month.

Let's Talk!

Facilitating Critical Conversations With Students

The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America

“There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment.”

That was how the authors of the “Negro Motorist Green Book” ended the introduction to their 1948 edition. In the pages that followed, they provided a rundown of hotels, guest houses, service stations, drug stores, taverns, barber shops and restaurants that were known to be safe ports of call for African American travelers. The “Green Book” listed establishments in segregationist strongholds such as Alabama and Mississippi, but its reach also extended from Connecticut to California—any place where its readers might face prejudice or danger because of their skin color. With Jim Crowstill looming over much of the country, a motto on the guide’s cover also doubled as a warning: “Carry your Green Book with you—You may need it.”

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The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America

Mapping the Green Book

Social documentarian and National Geographic Grantee Candacy Taylor is documenting past and present Green Book sites to preserve this critical part of history. Through photos, stories, and maps, she hopes to keep these historical sites alive.

Virtual Exhibit by Smithsonian Institution

The Negro Motorist Green Book offers an immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-century America and how the annual guide served as an indispensable resource for the nation’s rising African American middle class.

More info on World Read Aloud Day here.

Join Scholastic in celebrating World Read Aloud Day with three days of free virtual events. Attend all sessions or just a few, there is something for everyone! Meet your favorite authors, play games, enjoy read alouds, hear from educational experts and more! The sessions start January 31st.

Fun fact: WRAD is on 2/2/22!!!! How amazing is that, I'm so excited!

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Breaking Down the Four C's!

Check out the "Breaking Down the Four C's" website for lesson ideas! There are also lessons that are categorized based on the SAMR model. This is a GREAT tool for assessing where your lessons fall using the Four C's and SAMR in your classroom.

You can find the Four C's Rubric Here.

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