TheI Am From Projectwas started by retired teacher and author Julie Landsman, who loves poetry and believes in its power to change the world, and freelance writer and teacher George Ella Lyon, who served as Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015–2016) and is particularly interested in the poetry of witness. They started the project as a way to celebrate diversity at a time when the nation is divided by hatred and fear. Their central goals are to help people of all ages and backgrounds use Lyon’s “Where I’m From” poem as a prompt to write about experiences that shape them, to bring these voices together in community, to get them heard locally, and to create a national “river of voices and images,” reminding the people of America that diversity is the country’s origin and strength. They encourage people to take the prompt wherever their art leads them—to invent their own ways of working with groups, classrooms, community and senior centers, libraries, and other gathering places. The project’s website offers suggestions and resources for teaching, organizing, and writing on the theme of “Where I’m From,” as well as ideas for “Where I Am Going” and other list poems. Teachers and students can explore the poems published on the website from around the country and beyond. They’ll see where this theme of the nation’s great diversity has lead others, from videos to artwork to photography (in Resources).
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.