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On a road trip or at the beach this Memorial Day weekend? Take a minute to take this quick survey. We are working to build a module for next year on common pitfalls of first-year teachers.

Hi Elementary Google Community! This is the question for the moderator(s) would you suggest corps members/alumni make the best use of this community?


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This is a great listen: "Brown v Board of Education might be the most well-known Supreme Court decision, a major victory in the fight for civil rights. But in Topeka, the city where the case began, the ruling has left a bittersweet legacy. RH hears from the Browns, the family behind the story."

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"Teachers and parents meet in a large group setting at least three times a year, sometimes with students present. They discuss how students are performing on key measures such as reading comprehension and mastery of math concepts. Parents leave the meetings with games and other activities they can use at home to reinforce classroom learning."

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"Still, perhaps the gravest criticism and misunderstanding of the BLM movement—and every movement for freedom, from slave rebellions, abolitionist movements and the Underground Railroad to Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s and ’70s—stems from a failure to acknowledge the conditions that created the resistance. In a speech given at the 2016 BET Awards, activist and actor Jesse Williams addressed this disconnection: “If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression.” Without an understanding of the ever-present effects of slavery and the systems that have been built to protect and preserve the devaluing and oppression of black bodies, BLM—and any other movement for rights concerning people of color in this country—will never be understood."

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The recommendations in this guide were largely adapted from Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education, a professional development publication from Teaching Tolerance. The guide also leans heavily on tasks and strategies found on this site and on material developed by our legal colleagues at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition to best practices that can be applied throughout the school building, the guide includes at least one Teacher Leadership Spotlight in every section. These spotlights draw attention to ways in which teachers can take action outside the classroom to ensure ELL students and their families enjoy welcoming, equitable experiences at school.

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“Building social and emotional skills, however one defines that broad domain, is kind of the central feature of a high quality teaching practice,” Jones said. She added, “The new chapter of this work is trying to be quite explicit about its value, the evidence behind it and what is needed to take it to the next level.”

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As people became literate, they developed faster and stronger connections between the occipital lobe—the area associated with vision—and deep parts of the brain stem and thalamus, which are associated with how the brain differentiates important information within a crowded field of vision.

Given your role as a classroom teacher and learning advocate, how does this inform your teaching practice for the remainder of the year? What about next year?

Now that you have had an introduction to learning stations, what has pointed you in new directions? What ideas or questions do you have so that you can implement this in your classroom?
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