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2 Valedictorians in Texas Declare Undocumented Status, and Outrage Ensues

2 Valedictorians in Texas Declare Undocumented Status, and Outrage Ensues | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One student said she was headed to the University of Texas at Austin, and the other is Yale-bound.
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A Need to Speak: Teaching About the 2016 Election

According to the Teaching Tolerance report The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools, nearly 40 percent of the 2,000 teachers who responded to TT’s election survey are hesitant to teach about the election. Some educators cite concerns about the students who fear being ostracized or even deported if certain candidates win. Other teachers don’t know how to handle the fact that students are repeating the hate-filled language they hear from candidates’ speeches and social media posts. Still other teachers, like me, feel they must discuss this election with students.

Here are a two of the strategies I have used to teach students the skills to decode what is being said. Focusing on these skills has helped my students come to realizations all their own. Kids who were enjoying the excitement that comes with blaming and bullying have pumped the brakes and thought a little more carefully.
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Teacher Biases Differ for Low- and High-Achieving Minority Students

Teacher Biases Differ for Low- and High-Achieving Minority Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher expectations matter for student achievement, and there's plenty of evidence that those expectations can be subconsiously shaped by a lot more than a child's academic ability. One study suggests racial bias—long found to affect teacher expectations—can show up differently for minority students who are struggling and those who are high-fliers.
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5-Minute Film Festival: Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders Against Bullying

5-Minute Film Festival: Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders Against Bullying | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Transforming bystanders into "upstanders" is an effective strategy for bullying prevention. This collection of videos and resources will show students how to speak out when they see someone being bullied.
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Teaching about Charleston

This horrible tragedy presents a national teachable moment. That moment must include teachers at all levels crafting our curricula and courses to include this history of slavery, white supremacy, and terrorist violence against black people—and its legacy, far from transcended, into the present.
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Protest poster ordered removed at Lewiston High School may go back on wall - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Protest poster ordered removed at Lewiston High School may go back on wall - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The superintendent expects to permit the racial justice message that students created to start a dialogue on national events.
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Response: Engaging With Class & Race In The Classroom

Response: Engaging With Class & Race In The Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Today, three educators -- Ashanti Foster, Melissa Bollow Tempel, and P. L. Thomas -- and a number of readers share their thoughts on how to engage with race and class in the classroom.
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School Integration Slipping 60 Years After Brown

"Progress toward integrating America's schools since the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago is being chipped away, and it's no longer just a black-and-white issue. "

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#AmericaIsBeautiful, and Coca-Cola is for Everyone

#AmericaIsBeautiful, and Coca-Cola is for Everyone | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Although I'm certainly no fan of soda or even Coca-Cola, the Super Bowl ad they created featuring Americans singing America the Beautiful in many languages was brilliant. This link takes you to a page on Coke's website that gives the story behind the ad and features (scroll down) videos of each of the different singers and identifies the language in which they were singing. There's also a really great video here: youtu.be/1ReHUMUb9gY  with interviews of the people featured in the video who discuss their experiences with racism and xenophobia. Thanks to my colleague Brianna Robbins for pointing these out to me.

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SmartBlog on Education - Bullying prevention from the ground up - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Bullying prevention from the ground up - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. 

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Civil Rights Movement: Why Don't More Kids Know What It Was?

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. calls for deeper commitment from educators to teaching the history of Civil Rights in the US.

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Resources for Black History Month

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From super-librarian @joycevalenza on her NeverEndingSearch blog:  Black History Month resources specifically for high school educators.

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The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust

On Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: 'International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27th. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The United States officially commemorates the Holocaust during Days of Remembrance, which is held each April, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising."

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Students have frank talks about race and identity at civil rights conference in Augusta - Central Maine

Students have frank talks about race and identity at civil rights conference in Augusta - Central Maine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Office of the Maine Attorney General hosted Monday's conference with support from the Maine Humanities Council.
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Addressing Racism in Maine...upcoming events

Addressing Racism in Maine...upcoming events | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Part of solving a problem involves admitting that a problem exists. Talking about racism in Maine is a loaded issue, no one wants to see their beloved state being slammed and sullied. Yet I have been in Maine since 2002 and for all the wonderful things that I have come to love about this state (yes, there are things that I love about Maine), I don’t love how so many of my fellow residents refuse to acknowledge that discrimination and bigotry are very real and that for Mainers of color, we often have a very tumultuous relationship with the state.
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New Resources On Race & Racism

New Resources On Race & Racism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Keeping black men in front of the class

Evidence that white children benefit from integrated schools

Best resources for learning about school desegregation

Risks of driving while black

Racism of history textbooks

Why white parents won't choose black schools


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Bullying prevention: Telling the right story | SmartBlogs

Bullying prevention: Telling the right story | SmartBlogs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Jim Dillon, an educator for over 35 years including 20 as a school administrator and the current director
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10 Tools to Celebrate Black History This Month and Year-Round

10 Tools to Celebrate Black History This Month and Year-Round | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"February is Black History Month: a time to commemorate the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. In classrooms across the country, teachers will aim to strike a balance between the triumphs and ingenuity of African Americans in politics, literature, the arts, science while also addressing the struggle for justice." Graphite reviews 10 online resources for helping to teach this topic.

 
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Lewiston students try to raise their voices, but protest interrupted - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Lewiston students try to raise their voices, but protest interrupted - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A poster inscribed with #blacklivesmatter – echoing a national movement to talk about race and justice – is ordered removed at Lewiston High School.
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Telling kids homophobia is wrong won't stop bullying in schools

Telling kids homophobia is wrong won't stop bullying in schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"How should schools respond to incidents of teasing and bullying related to gender and sexual identity? In an article Challenging homophobic bullying in schools, Daniel Monk draws attention away from therapeutic or disciplinary responses to bullying, arguing we should understand homophobic bullying as part of a broader politics related to childhood and sexuality."

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How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’t

How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’t | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by the case. It was written by Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. "

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Maine’s highest court: Transgender student’s rights were violated | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine’s highest court: Transgender student’s rights were violated  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Nicole Maines’ school was wrong to require the fifth-grader to use a unisex bathroom, justices rule in a historic gender-identity decision that could be a model for other states.
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“I just hope (the justices) understand how important it is for students to go to school, get an education, have fun ... and not have to worry about being bullied” 

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Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake | Video on TED.com

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose.
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Brandong Baldwin, from the Maine Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Team Project, shared this with me and other CRTP advisors yesterday at a workshop in Portland. It teaches an amazing lesson about using our limitations to drive creativity.

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When bullying goes high-tech

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Online bullying has a lot in common with bullying in school, but cyberbullying presents unique challenges.
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Six Teaching Tools for Black History Month

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Although Black History Month provides a great opportunity for students to explore black history, it's important that teachers "reinforce that 'black history' is American history," writes Pat Russo in 

Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Black History Month. Keeping that in mind, in February, teachers can dig deeper into the history, provide students context, and connect the past to the present.

 
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