SLS Weekly Update

April 30, 2021

TeachingBooks Virtual Teaching Ideas April 2021


Explore resources for jumping-off points that deepen discussions, inspire reading interest, and support virtual connections to books and authors. Easily share and include in your instructional plans, newsletters, and social media.


Don't forget to explore our newly added May Timely Topics.

For more, see all of our Virtual Teaching Ideas.

Best Wishes,

The TeachingBooks Implementation Team

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Learn 360 New Titles

Account: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
Number of New Titles: 2,718

We are pleased to announce the new titles that were added to your Learn360 subscription over the past month.

  • ✔ View your newly added titles: Click here to view a full list of the new titles just added to your collection.
  • Series include Skillsumo, Untold, Makematic, Controversial Issues, and more!

Social Media Test Drive Research Opp

Social Media TestDrive is an online educational program that offers a number of modules about key digital citizenship topics, such as identifying and managing advertisements in social media, smart self-presentation, upstanding to cyberbullying, and news literacy. The Cornell Social Media Lab is conducting a series of studies to see how well Social Media TestDrive works.

How does the study work?

Study participants will be assigned to either an intervention group or a comparison group. Participants assigned to the intervention group will complete 4 Social Media TestDrive modules. Participants assigned to the comparison group will not complete Social Media TestDrive modules as part of the study but can once the study is complete. Participants from both groups will complete surveys. Our team will compare the survey responses of participants from both groups to see if those who completed Social Media TestDrive modules showed higher levels of social media literacy.

How you can help:

We need educators and their classes/youth groups to participate! If you are interested in participating in this study, please email or Mandy Purington at We can give you more details about the study and answer any questions you have. This study is running now through the fall.

As a thank-you, we will give each participating educator a $75 Amazon gift card!

If you have any questions, Kelly has been participating!

Their is also an informational PDF below.

Savvy Ally

Savvy Ally Action: This is my small business. Please subscribe to my website if you’d like to receive my monthly video. (Full disclosure: I only send out about an email a month. I hate a full inbox too!) There are also links on my site to purchase my book, The Savvy Ally, see the other workshops that I offer, and more.

What’s Up with Singular They? video: This is the video I mentioned during the workshop. If you’re struggling to understand or get onboard with the use of they as a singular pronoun, I hope you’ll check it out.

Savvy Ally Action YouTube Channel: Here is the link to my YouTube channel. Feel free to check out my other 3-minute videos with savvy ally tips!

Gender Neutral Education: This is the hour-long video from Britain that I talked about in my workshop. It was filmed in 2018 and shows an attempt to ungender a classroom. It’s pretty powerful.

LGBTQ+ Resources for Educators: This is a great LGBTQ+ resource for K12 teachers and staff! It was created by Jeanette Adams-Price, Monroe One BOCES Instructional Specialist.


Jeannie Gainsburg, MSS

Pronouns: she/her/hers why?

Savvy Ally Action | Founder