The SPARK Movement—a movement by and for girls aged 13–22—is aiming to put women on the map. The “Women on the Map” projectworks inside Google’s freeField Trip app to pinpoint locations connected to great women from history. (“Women on the Map” is on the Field Trip app by default.) By switching on history notifications in the app, users are alerted when they approach the exact location where a woman made history at some point in time and can read about her and her achievements. SPARK's team—mostly college students—mapped the achievements of about 100 women around the world, and they plan to add more. Some of the women on the map include Mary Ellen Pleasant (San Francisco, California), an activist and abolitionist who, among other things, would dress like a jockey to help those enslaved escape their plantations; and Mary Anning (Lyme, England), a renowned fossilist who discovered fossils of a Plesiosaurus, rocking the scientific community to its core.
By the time students reach high school, they have fully embraced a particular idea of themselves as a learner. I frequently hear students say things like “I’m not good at math,” “reading is too hard,” or “I don’t do well on tests.” These comments are made by bright young people who are too young to give up. What I know for certain is that they want and need a teacher to tell them they are wrong.
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 December.