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.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
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.
Coming soon from Scholastic Education … Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—engaging stories of student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading is about constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief Introduction; Why?—Benefits of the engagement; Who?—Students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—Materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/Stepping Back—Concluding the engagement; How’s It Going? Informal Assessment; and Sources for more information. Packed with helpful tips, photos, an appendix of forms, and a companion website featuring real classroom videos, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.