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Help Your Students Make History This Fall

Give your students the opportunity to consider someone in their lives they want to honor and remember. As family gathers over the holiday season, it’s a great time to record interviews and keep the memories alive. Thousands of schools and students from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 100,000 stories using the free StoryCorps App.

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The Power of Listening

By having a conversation and listening to someone’s story, we get to know each other, practice empathy and gain a greater appreciation of our shared humanity regardless of race, creed, sexual identity, religion or age. Listening to one another strengthens our social and emotional muscles and helps us build powerful interpersonal connections.

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Beyond Sugar Skulls: The History and Culture of Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a tradition first practiced thousands of years ago by indigenous peoples such as the Aztecs and the Toltecs. They didn’t consider death the end of one’s existence but simply another chapter of life. Rather than grieve their dead, ancient Mexicans celebrated the lives of the deceased and honored their memories. During Día de los Muertos, observed Oct. 31- Nov. 2, they believed the dead had a brief window to leave the spirit realm and visit their loved ones in the mortal world. 

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Inspiring Students to Invent Tomorrow

Laura Nix’s film Inventing Tomorrow shares the stories of teenage innovators from across the globe finding groundbreaking solutions to some of the world’s most vexing environmental threats to water, air, and soil.

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Let Poetry Flow: Inspiring Student Expression

Poetry is an experience, not a genre. It is a form of exploration, with as many intuitive and natural aspects as skilled and studied ones. Poems are emotional, yet they are also as real and solid as any bridge. Words connect people. By reading, we enter each other’s minds. We learn to listen, empathize, and develop compassion, which is the seed of peace.

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5 Ways to Prevent Bullying in Your Classroom

Students affected by bullying are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems. They often experience loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, poor school adjustment, and depression. This is a time for us to show students who experience bullying that there is hope. 

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Cultural Appropriation: What’s an Educator’s Role?

With the bombardment of media imagery to which students are subjected, how do we teach the ability to discern right from wrong?  How can we encourage students to understand that this ‘borrowing’ can in fact be harmful to already oppressed and underrepresented groups?

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Five Tips to Creating Meaningful Parents Teacher Conferences

STOP! And think a minute… this conference meeting might be the first time you interact with the family or maybe the only time you get a face-to-face with the parent(s) or guardians. How are you going to approach this important 15 minutes?

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5 Back-to-School Tools to Add to Your Teacher Toolkit

The start of the new school year for children is exciting and a bit overwhelming. Parents take their kids to the store -- with school supply lists in hand -- to buy all the newest school supply items. For the young, the excitement of a new box of crayons and a lunch box is a big hit. The older child looks for folders with emojis or the latest cartoon craze on TV. Children get new clothes, shoes and backpacks. It’s a fun time! What’s New in the Teacher’s Backpack?

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