HISTORIES, CULTURES, AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF HISPANIC AMERICANS
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! featuresfree research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs). Created in partnership with Reading Rockets and the American Federation of Teachers, this one-stop shop includes information about Latino cultures and values; strategies for assessing and placing ELLs; best instructional practices for teaching vocabulary, reading, and content areas; and author interviews and other engaging videos. ¡Colorín Colorado!also offers T.ELL.E-GRAM, an enewsletter especially for educators, as well as a Teacher Sampler Pack with ready-to-use assessment and reading checklists, and progress forms. In addition to the many resources ready to download for use in the classroom, ¡Colorín Colorado! providesReaching Out to Hispanic Parents of ELLs, a toolkit with workshop ideas, handouts, and bilingual video components to involve Hispanic parents in the classroom; and El Boletín Informativo, a Spanish-language newsletter for parents. Educators can also join the organization’s freeprofessional development webcasts on teaching ELLs, anytime. The ¡Colorín Colorado! website is accessible in English and Spanish.
Can your students recognize the sound of an 8mm film projector or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound is an online museum that aims to protect the sounds of gadgets so that future generations will know what a dial telephone sounded like, for example, or an analog typewriter, 56K modem, nuclear power plant, or even a cellphone keypad.
The Global OnenessProject has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lessonplans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas.The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways.