Read to Lead, a free award-winning supplemental reading program from Classroom, Inc., is designed to increase literacy, leadership, and 21st-century skills. This research-based program embeds social–emotional learning throughout its modules by developing students’ decision-making, empathy, and goal-setting abilities, all while increasing their reading skills. The program is designed for students in grades 5–9, with all lessons aligned to both Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. The three modules in Read to Lead engage students in exploring public service, medical, and journalism careers, with differentiation tools to support students with special needs. In role-playing activities, students act as “bosses” of the business and see the consequences of their actions in real-world work scenarios. Each module targets a specific Lexile reading range, so students can complete activities best suited to their reading needs. In addition, the program provides auditory captioning of all text. A one-minute YouTube video demonstrates the program in action.
Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Behind My Mask / Detras de me cubrebocasis a pedagogical tool to engage bilingual youth in conversations around identity and emotions amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Written in English and Spanish, the book includes reflective activities about emotions and promotes the use of masks.