Teachers not only need to understand how to choose the right issues and create an open and fair climate for discussion; they also need to learn about themselves and their identities when leading discussions in racially pluralistic classrooms. Knowing their own biases and ways they react to certain topics and remarks will help to modulate how they react to students’ remarks and turn their concerns into productive conversations. Educators interested in honing their intergroup dialogue facilitation skills can access a free comprehensive guide from the Public Conversation Project and a tip sheet (“Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom”) from the Harvard DerekBok Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds that fits right in a user’s pocket. Developed for all experience levels, it will help users identify the birds around them, keep track of the birds they’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near them.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.
We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world.