Virtual Discussion Tonight — Cultivating Anti-Racist Classrooms & Practices

On Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM ET, you’re invited to take part in a virtual discussion featuring a panel of Massachusetts educators on cultivating anti-racist classrooms and practices.

During the discussion entitled Navigating White Privilege and Building an Anti-Racist Classroom, panelists will answer questions and share how they’re navigating their white privilege in schools, how they’re acting on their commitment to anti-racist teaching, and ideas for how to support students Continue reading

2nd Peer Exchange on Racism — Making Space for Conversations

Making Space for Conversations about Racism and Implicit Bias is a virtual discussion is for grade 6-12 teachers across the Commonwealth.  This unique exchange offers a chance to speak candidly in small educator-facilitated groups about how to thoughtfully plan conversations with students around race, implicit bias and the public outcry for social justice.
The Peer Exchange is limited to

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Celebrating Juneteenth & Teaching About Slavery

Recently, you may have been hearing about Juneteenth — another word for June 19 — which is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.  As we learn in this All About the Holidays video (and much more!), Juneteenth is now celebrated in communities  across the country since its origins in Texas.

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Virtual Field Trips from NOVA!

 

The following post was written by MaiCherish Harris, Elms College student and intern at WGBY/NEPM.

School closings came with the loss of a very special learning experience:  field trips.  As things open back up, families may be looking for ways to make up for lost time. They may also be looking for ways to keep children engaged over summer break.

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Hero Elementary Blasts onto the PBS KIDS Scene!

As we see in this video clip, Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes.  Here kids learn to master their innate powers, like flying and teleportation, while exploring science along the way. The new series, which recently premiered, gives children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists, igniting their natural curiosity.  The show also showcases character and social-emotional concepts such as kindness, empathy, and commitment to working together.

You can already find resources that put these tools in the hands of children at  Continue reading

Peer Exchange on Race for MA Middle & High School Educators

 

In response to the murder of George Floyd and great societal inequities, WGBH in Boston is hosting a Peer Exchange next week on Thurs., 6/11 at 7pm entitled Making Space for Conversations about Racism and Implicit Bias in Middle/High Classrooms.

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Virtual Classrooms Made Inviting & Productive

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY education intern and student at Elms College:

When schools originally closed, families believed it would only be for a short period of time. That time was extended repeatedly until schools were finally closed for the rest of the year. This was a difficult change for everyone involved.

Even now some educators are unsure how to  Continue reading

Releasing Kids’ Energy Indoors

This post was written by MaiCherish Harris, WGBY Education Intern  studying at Elms College:

While families may now find themselves able to go outdoors in limited ways, there will still be many occasions where they need to stay inside. 

Staying indoors during this difficult time may be one of the most challenging changes for children and families, especially as  Continue reading

“Brief but Spectacular” Video Lesson Plan

Every Thursday night, PBS NewsHour profiles people and their passions in the series Brief but Spectacular.  In this video author and former monk Jay Shetty has a message for those living alone during the pandemic, encouraging them to strive to do one thing each day that brings them joy — and emphasizing that despite social distancing, we can still nurture essential human connection.

Whether we live alone or with others, we all need some time for solitude and coming back to ourselves, so we can better be there for others — however we’re connecting with them right now.

What’s your “Brief but Spectacular” Take? lesson plan from PBS NewsHour can be found at Continue reading