Graphs to Help Students Think About Growing Inequalities in America
To help students think critically about American society, The New York Times has compiled 28 graphs covering topics such as healthcare, education, and income. Among the graphs are examples that show how the coronavirus pandemic complicated the inequalities deeply entrenched in our society, as well as laid bare and widened these disparities. The Times has created a lesson plan to support teachers in guiding individual students or whole classes—as well as a glossary of terms (PDF)—as they explore the collection. Throughout the lesson, students practice analysis skills guided by these four questions: What do you notice? What do you wonder? What impact does this have on you and your community? What do you think is going on in this graph? Then they write a headline that captures the graph’s main idea. The lesson also gives students the opportunity to interact with the graphs—for example, by inputting their own school district. And they can read other students’ observations and add their own comments.
Any teacher currently employed at a public or private high school in a rural area with a diverse population is eligible for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant offered by the National Society of High School Scholars.
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation offers grants for bookmobile programs across the nation that serve children from disadvantaged populations. The grants support organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth.
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted final rules to implement the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program. This $7.17 billion program, funded by the American Rescue Plan, will enable schools and libraries to purchase laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and broadband connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.