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Big Deal Media K-12 Technology Newsletter

June 15, 2020

 

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“These are not easy times. But they are our times. And we each have to decide what part we will play so that history is on our side when future generations look back. [We] contend that education is the only way through and out.”

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nmaahc.si.edu

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Online Portal to Facilitate Dialogue

Presenting the history of race in America is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture has launched an online portal to facilitate dialogue about race in the United States.

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blacklivesmatteratschool.com

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Curriculum Guide Addressing Diversity and Equity

As protests over George Floyd’s death continue across the country, Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School offers a new, free curriculum resource guide for K–12 teachers, covering racism, social justice, and diversity.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Strategies for Facilitating Discussions About Racial Equity

In a post titled “Moving Forward Together,” the Connecticut Department of Education has compiled a list of resources to provide teachers, students, and parents with insights and strategies to help engage in a dialogue about racism, hate, violence, and other tragic events that children may hear about or see on the news.

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nytimes.com

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Forum for Teens to Share Thoughts on Social Injustice

The New York Times Learning Network has a place for teenagers from anywhere in the world to share their thoughts on the recent events related to racism and social injustice in the nation: the Student Opinion forum, “What Is Your Reaction to the Days of Protest That Have Followed the Death of George Floyd?

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facinghistory.org

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Teaching Idea for Helping Students Create a Better Future

Facing History and Ourselves is offering a new teaching idea, “Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans,” to support teachers in helping students understand how the events of the past have led to this moment and guiding students to see within themselves the power to make choices that will create a better future for us all.

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npr.org

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Practical Ideas for Conversing with Children About Diversity and Inclusion

Talking Race with Young Children,” an episode of a podcast from NPR’s Life Kit, presents practical tips for having a conversation about race, racism, diversity, and inclusion, even with very young children.

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embracerace.org

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Multiracial Community for Nurturing Resilience and Inclusion

EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents (one Black, the other biracial, Black/White) who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed (and still need) to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Children’s Books Promoting Representation and Diversity

As protests against racial injustice and police brutality have spread across the United States and around the world, students, teachers, parents, and many others are looking for a deeper understanding about racism and what they can do about it. Many of those inquiring minds are turning to books.

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pulitzercenter.org

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Essays and Literary Works Reframing US History

The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.

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smithsonianmag.com

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Tools and Guidance for Sparking Meaningful Change

In an article in Smithsonian Magazine, journalist and digital editor Meilan Solly presents 158 resources chronicling the history of anti-Black violence and inequality in the United States within a narrative that explains and contextualizes them.

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lynchinginamerica.eji.org

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Digital Interactive Telling the Story of Racial Terror in America

As part of its work to change the narrative about race in America, the Equal Justice Institute (EJI) extensively researched the period between the Civil War and World War II, when more than 4,000 African Americans were lynched in this country. EJI published its findings in the report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. With support from Google, EJI has created Lynching in America, a free digital interactive experience inspired by the original report.

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peoplenotproperty.hudsonvalley.org

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Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North

Produced by Historic Hudson Valley, People Not Property introduces students, teachers, and the interested public to the history of Northern enslavement, separate from the more familiar history of antebellum Southern slavery, by exploring history through personal stories.

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Passionate, Powerful Words of Frederick Douglass

Visitors to the American Writers Museum’s website will learn about the life and work of Frederick Douglass in the museum’s newest virtual exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator. They will see how Douglass’s words remain far too relevant today and why now is as important as ever to, as Douglass said, “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”

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poetryfoundation.org/Illustration by CHema Skandal

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Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment

Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.

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Poetry That Explores Social Conscience

Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.

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