Culture

How to Diversify a Classroom Library

As protests against racial injustice spread to communities large and small in this year, many educators have been pushed to examine how systemic racism harms students. Some have publicly proclaimed the steps they will take to create anti-racist schools, including diversifying classroom and library bookshelves. That task may be easier than ever, thanks to six years of advocacy by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. “There’s no excuse for the books in your classroom and…

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The Benefits (And Costs) of Having a Big Sister

There is a new study that suggests a big sister can make a powerful difference for their younger siblings. But there’s no personal angle for the authors of the study: economists Pamela Jakiela and Owen Ozier of Williams College in Massachusetts. “No! I’m an only child,” Jakiela says with a chuckle. “And Owen is an older brother.” They were prompted to do the study after reading that many parents in Kenya give daughters a huge…

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July Activities for the Family Around Boston

There are many fun activities for families to enjoy in the Boston area in July 2023. Check out our list of July activities and events happening around Boston and have a wonderful month! Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA! Many towns around Boston celebrate on different dates and times, so you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule near you. Find out where they’ll be shooting fireworks off nearest…

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Teaching Poetry Creatively and Strategically

Poetry is a mindfulness practice for award-winning author and poet Clint Smith, but as a young person, Smith felt that poetry wasn’t for people like him. Smith said that teaching poetry can feel intimidating when presented as if it’s a “geometric proof or a code that students are supposed to unlock.” He recommends that teachers instead emphasize that no interpretation is wrong. Online resources for teaching poetry can show young learners “that there are poets…

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Climate Change Guide for Kids

This article on climate change is a repost from KQED. Are you a kid — or do you know a kid — who is learning about climate change? It can be hard to know where to start. So we made a guide about how it’s changing the planet and how to deal with the big feelings you might have when you hear about it. Click here to print a paper version of this comic at home or…

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What Can Be Done About Teacher Shortages?

Wearing an effortless smile and a crisp, gray suit with a cloth lapel flower, Tommy Nalls Jr. projects confidence. Which is the point. In a ballroom full of job candidates, no one wants to dance with a desperate partner. And, as badly as his district needs teachers, Nalls doesn’t want just any teacher. “They have to have this certain grit, that certain fight,” says Nalls, director of recruitment for Jackson Public Schools, in Mississippi’s capital…

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April Vacation Activities in the Boston Area

There are many fun activities for families to enjoy in the Boston area over April vacation. Check out our list of activities and events happening around Boston in April 2023. Have a great break! Family Concert: Music, Magic, and More When: Saturday 4/15/2023, 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Where: Boston Symphony Hall Age: kids, teens, adults Cost: $20 Bring the whole family to Symphony Hall for this fun and engaging concert series, designed to encourage…

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Youth Sports: What Do Kids Really Gain?

There’s no ironclad proof that sports build character. The results of a meta-analysis on the connection between athletics and character development make that clear: “Forty years of research, conducted by more than 20 researchers studying tens of thousands of athletes and non- athletes from youth, high schools, collegiate and Olympic levels, simply does not support the notion of sport as a character-building activity, particularly as it applies to sportsmanship behaviors and moral reasoning ability.” It’s…

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Young Immigrant Challenges in U.S. Public Schools

Many migrants, especially unaccompanied youth, face uncertain paths in detention and after their release in local communities. Schools are often the first and sometimes the only places they can turn for resources. Research shows that everyday educators have been left to deal with the aftermath of recent political charades, as well as a broken immigrant system, racialized immigration surveillance, deplorable detention facility conditions, and lack of access to educational and social resources for young people.…

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Building Culturally Relevant Libraries

When we think about the school library as a place where reading communities begin and are nurtured, we have to remember that a school is a place where many students do not inherently feel welcome. Historically speaking, school systems have sometimes been an instrumental part of systems of colonization and indoctrination, and culturally relevant libraries are not something everyone has access to. The tendency to demonize the unique parts of us that make us individuals,…

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