From the Center for Christian Urban Educators

May 30, 2017

Useful links and thoughts for school leaders and teachers curated from the web by Harriet Potoka.

TECH TALK - 3 Free Map Creators

"Maps are a great way for students to navigate their understanding of different topics. While it is useful for geography (of course), students can also use mapping to increase their understanding of a story in English, a lesson in History, studies in Ecology, and more. Here are three FREE tools that allow students and teachers to create interactive maps, and they don’t require a login!” -Jennifer Carey

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Power of Music: Create a Positive and Focused Learning Environment through Music

For Early. Chlldhood Educators

edWeb - Alex Farkas

Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Music, Movement and Learning: Bringing Joy Back to Education

For Early Childhood Educators

edWeb - Dr. Mike Longoria

Wednesday, May 31, 5:00 PM (Eastern)

Using Tech to Enhance Students' Summer Reading Experiences

edWeb - Sarah M. Rich

Thursday, June 1, 4:00 PM (Eastern)

Transforming Difficult Student Conversations into Meaningful Connections

edWeb - Rosalind Wiseman

Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 PM (Eastern)

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FOR TEACHERS: 28 Student Centered Instructional Strategies

Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student; it is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. It places students at the center of the learning process. This infographic provides a list of strategies that can help create a learning environment that is more approachable, friendly, or familiar to students in your classroom.

FOR TEACHERS: Teachers, Forgive Thyself, or Burn Out Quickly

It can be very easy for teachers to beat themselves up about the mistakes they make because of the implications their mistakes have and/or the impact of their choices on their children and their schools. However beating themselves up over mistakes only makes it worse. Do you agree with Starr Sackstein's ideas on how to rectify situations created by teacher error?

FOR PARENTS: 64 Positive Things to Say to Kids

Download a printable of 64 positive things to say to your kids. Heard often enough these words of encouragement will stay with your kids for the rest of their lives.

FOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Take These Students, Please!

Schools across the country are pursuing an extreme form of online learning. These new programs are for students that high schools have given up on—the very students who most need an engaging educational experience to prepare them for jobs and adult life. For students in these program high school becomes an individual enterprise with little or no social interaction with peers or teachers. Learn more here.
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Resources and Thoughts on Helping Students in Poverty

PODCAST - How to Help Kids in Poverty Succeed in Life and Learning

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach was the guest on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast with Vicki Davis, where she talked about the best ways educators and schools can help children impacted by poverty. From personal experience as both a child in poverty and as a teacher who helps those in poverty, Sheryl shares what works to help kids in poverty succeed in life and learning.

PODCAST - Poverty and the Soft Bigoty of Low Expectations

In this podcast, Dr. Anael Alston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. He discuss how teachers should approach teaching students who are in high-poverty situations which is important because Anael argues that many thoughts about students in poverty are off-base.

BLOG POST - Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

In this blog post, Cynthia Johnson shares six effective practices that can help teachers help students from poverty succeed. Low-socioeconomic level does not equal low outcomes.

ARTICLE - How Growing Up in Poverty May Affect a Child’s Developing Brain

A mounting body of research shows that the circumstances and chronic stresses of poverty interrupt the development of the brain. Research suggests that growing up in difficult circumstances dictated by poverty can wreak damage to a child’s cognitive skills that last a lifetime.

ARTICLE - Is Your School Asking the Right Questions About Poverty?

High-performing, high-poverty schools are places of reflection and inquiry. Leaders in these schools focus on asking the right questions that provide them with valuable, insightful direction.

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Center for Christian Urban Educators

The Center for Christian Urban Educators seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Christian educators as they impact the lives of the children entrusted to their educational care.