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Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling

Laura Chase’s 11th-grade biology students investigated social inequities that impact their local communities. Collaborating with a humanities teacher, Laura asked her students to draw from the analytical skills they learned in science, the persuasive methods they learned in English, and the technical skills they learned in film in order to communicate their stories in a thoughtful way. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling

Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

Now that February has ended (how is it already March?!) we are looking back to the beginning of the month when we participated in the nationwide Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. When talking about something like Black Lives Matter with third graders, we work hard to make sure that the points of entry and examples are tangible, accessible, and developmentally appropriate. As … Continue reading Reflecting on the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

How to Refresh & Incorporate Pluralism/Social Justice in 5 Easy Steps

It’s December and already the chill in the air makes us yearn for books, fires, and cozy spaces to sleep!* The alarm of a teacher who is feeling this tired when it is only December is real. The exhaustion of our profession, as well as keeping up with our own lives, and the news, has taken a toll on many of us. Nevertheless, we know … Continue reading How to Refresh & Incorporate Pluralism/Social Justice in 5 Easy Steps

Postcards for Charlottesville

  One of the activities on our (very long) to-do list for the first week of school was writing Postcards for Charlottesville through the #DearYoungPerson campaign with our new third-graders. On Friday afternoon, we carved out some time and got started. We started with a read-aloud of Painting for Peace in Ferguson by Carol Swartout Klein and used the book as a segue into a … Continue reading Postcards for Charlottesville

A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools

GEOGRAPHY Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one map projection at a time. (NPR) Why is designing a world map so difficult? Use our activity to better understand what distortions occur when modeling a spherical surface on a flat map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Boston Public Schools … Continue reading A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools