Writing Platform Giving Youth a Voice in the Election
Today’s teens may not yet be able to vote, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have something to say about the election. Letters to the Next President 2.0 (L2P 2.0) supports and amplifies that youth voice, giving students, aged 13–18, an opportunity to speak out on the issues that matter to them, as well as helping the next generation of citizens develop discourse and argumentation skills crucial to their participation in civic life. The initiative provides a wealth of resources and support for educators so they can integrate the program into their class projects or simply introduce youth to this unique publishing opportunity. Videos and webinars are posted to give educators creative catalysts for using L2P 2.0 in their lesson plans this fall. Educators create an account on the website and then invite their students to register and begin crafting letters in written or multimedia formats. The publishing website will stay open for student submissions through November 8, and all published letters will be available to the public through the presidential inauguration in January 2017. Culminating activities are in the planning stages. L2P 2.0 is jointly hosted by the National Writing Project (NWP) and KQED, together with a growing number of public media and educator innovator partners. Teachers and adult mentors interested in signing up and supporting students can register on the L2P 2.0 website. They can also follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #2nextprez.
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
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The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.