Ideas for Establishing a Safe, Inclusive Learning Community
Across the United States, students are returning to school amidst another nationwide tragedy. And once again, teachers are faced with the challenge of establishing a positive, safe, and reflective classroom in the wake of horrific violence. The staff of Facing History and Ourselves has produced the Teaching Idea “Teaching in the Wake of Violence” to help educators address recent attacks in a manner that focuses on emotional processing (heart before head) while building community resilience. Facing History is also providing teachers with a Back-to-School Toolkit to help them establish a safe and inclusive classroom culture. Lessons in the one-week unit ask students to consider how, together, they can create an open, supportive, and reflective learning community.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in June.
A project of Stand with Children, the Middle School Kindness Challenge is an easy and free way to make kindness commonplace and improve school climate and student learning in the critical middle school years.
In honor of National Literacy Month and students heading back to school, Reading IsFundamental (RIF) and Macy’s are offering new, free resources and digital tools to support the fight against the national literacy crisis. The newly created “Be Your Best You” social–emotional learning (SEL) collection focuses on the themes of confidence and empowerment.