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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.
Heather Perkinson's insight:

“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.
Heather Perkinson's insight:

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

When bullying goes high-tech | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports

Education Dept. Clarifies Law on Disabled Students’ Access to Sports | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights clarified legal obligations Friday for school districts in providing access to sports for students with disabilities."

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Rural LGBT Students Report More Fear than Urban, Suburban Peers

Rural LGBT Students Report More Fear than Urban, Suburban Peers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Rural lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students feel less safe at school than their peers in suburban and urban areas, according to a national study on LGBT students in rural and small town schools.

The study, "Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools," was released last week by theGay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and examines the experiences of more than 2,300 LGBT high school students in rural areas."

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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This educator writes that use of the phrase "achievement gap" can imply racial bias.

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Facebook Launches Prevent Bullying Page - AllFacebook

Facebook Launches Prevent Bullying Page - AllFacebook | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Facebook launched a Prevent Bullying page last week.  I liked it.

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ACLU of Wyoming Chapter - Wyoming Legislative Blog: Kids These Days!

ACLU of Wyoming Chapter - Wyoming Legislative Blog: Kids These Days! | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

An ACLU chapter in Wyoming has produced a pdf manual aimed at students called "Know Your Rights."  The manual is being widely publicized and is free.

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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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Leaders See Civil Rights Activism Lull In Post-MLK World

Leaders See Civil Rights Activism Lull In Post-MLK World | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

We've made a lot of progress since 1968, but now is NOT the time for complacency. 

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How To Solve The Racist-Teens-On-Twitter Problem

How To Solve The Racist-Teens-On-Twitter Problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Twitter currently has no clause in its Terms of Service regarding hate speech. Could it take a lesson from YouTube?

Try asking your students how many of them have Twitter accounts--I think you will be surprised.  Then ask them how many of them encounter offensive comments that could be considered hate speech.

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An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

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The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter, in response to a tweet she wrote on October 22.  

I usually try to stay away from politics here and they are not my motivation for sharing this piece.  I just think this man's letter is stunning and he is a great role model, especially, but certainly not exclusively, for your students with special needs.

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You Say Bullying, I Say Drama from Common Sense Media

You Say Bullying, I Say Drama from Common Sense Media | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Researchers have found that we're not speaking the same language as our students--they are less likely to call bullying behaviors, whether online or in person, "bullying."  

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