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5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Feel Like Yourself Again

Teaching during a pandemic has undoubtedly been stressful, and it has left many teachers feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. For many teachers, these feelings have led to burnout and compassion fatigue, and for others the significant demands of this new reality have caused depression. If you are experiencing burnout, adjust your routine and make a self-care plan that allows for more downtime.

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Thank An Educator

This Teacher’s Appreciation Week both high school students, and our PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars and Early Learning Champions are honoring and reflecting on inspirational educators using StoryCorps “Thank An Educator” prompt: “Was there a teacher who had a particularly strong influence on your life? What did you learn from them?”

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Decolonizing the Map: Creating the Indigenous Mapping Collective

Mapping is a powerful tool that holds stories. But who controls the narrative? Historically, maps were created by professional cartographers, many of whom played a large role in colonization. These maps have shaped the way many of us see the world today. Of course, that begs the questions, who or what is left out of the map and how can that be changed?

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Listening and Learning with Storycorps

The Great Thanksgiving Listen prompts students to explore the power of storytelling. This lesson helps students evaluate and reflect on primary sources, and empowers them to use their voices to tell their own. Students will listen and witness the power of history, storytelling and the role that they both play in shaping narratives. Educators, parents, and caretakers can use Siliva’s Legacy as a starting point to prompt conversations to lead into the activity.

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Dive into Racial Justice with Above the Noise

Helping students learn about and discuss issues of race and racism during the election season strengthens their ability to share their voice and challenge racial injustice in and out of school. KQED’s Above the Noise is a powerful resource to support meaningful conversations on KQED Learn and in your classroom. 

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Help Students Explore Election Issues, Not Election Hype

Teaching Election 2020 may feel like the rest of 2020: complex, hard to predict and packed with teachable moments. Whether your students are preparing to vote for the first time, already engaged in civic activities or are still figuring out where they stand, KQED’s Above the Noise breaks down multiple perspectives around election issues. A video series designed to cut through the hype was never so needed.  

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Decode the Election with the PBS Electoral Decoder

In my government and history courses, the Electoral College map becomes a familiar touchstone for students. We follow, in four-year cycles, the values we hold and what changes are afoot. The PBS Electoral Decoder, part of the extensive collection of PBS LearningMedia resources, is a fantastic tool to help students unearth these stories.

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Hear Directly From Students: Election 2020

With the Covid-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and racial injustice movements dominating their world, many young people are eager to use their ballot as a way to enact change. 

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Engaging Young People in Politics

Young people’s relationship with politics is complex and problematized. They are seen both as the group who disengages politically, yet also at the forefront of major political movements. At the age of 19, in March 2017, I decided to run for the Cook County Board of Commissioners against a 16-year Democratic incumbent.

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