This week’s “read” is a podcast about the importance of talking about difficult subjects and how doing so can make us feel less alone in our pain and struggles.
This week’s read looks at a reform initiative in which students at a California high school used their voice, experiences, and insights in collaborating with educators on how to best reform schools.
People process grief in different ways and experiencing grief in a pandemic is even more complex. Read on to learn about one person’s experiences and thoughts on delayed grief and healing during and after the pandemic.
What do beets and infections have in common? This week’s read looks at a high school student’s science project that used beets and sutures threads to indicate an infection.
This week’s read looks at the toll the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on essential workers, particularly migrant farmworker in California, and includes a song by Lila Downs that honors and benefits those workers. Take a listen!
This week’s read looks at emerging ideas for improving schools in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The article makes comparisons to past successes and, mainly, to failures with implementing what research says works in schools.
This week’s read is a deeply reflective article that reminds us to be thoughtful about how we view ourselves because self-perception is one of the most critical factors influencing who we are. The article is a very timely and relevant read during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week’s read looks at students’ social-emotional learning and agency, particularly challenging as the pandemic continues.
This week’s read looks at the weight the pandemic has placed on educators. The article highlights “community-wide” approaches and short-term solutions for dealing with issues that teachers and the families of their students are experiencing.
This week’s read is a conversation with trumpet player, composer, and jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis, as part of PBS’s arts and culture series “Canvas.”
This week’s “read” is a video of a lecture from Dr. Tricia Rose, Chancellor’s professor of Africana studies and the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Watch Dr. Rose delve into how structural racism works in the United States.
“As we grapple with the forces of white supremacy and anti-Blackness, we must also come to terms with the increase of over 1900% in hate crimes against Asian identifying folks in NYC this past year. We must be sensitive to the cultural factors that usually get lost in the conversation—that people from traditional Asian families sometimes hide emotions and suffer in silence. We need to make space to hear them.”
–Dr. David Kirkland
With the recent attack on Asian-Americans in Atlanta and the continued prevalence of Asian-American racism, this week provides two must reads on the issue.
This week’s recommendation examines sculptor Meta Warrick’s 1907 exhibition on the founding of Jamestown, which strived to counter demeaning stereotypes of African Americans by depicting their progress and success in the United States.
This week’s read is an article that explores different types of mistakes, how teachers and their students can learn and benefit when mistakes happen, and alternatives to becoming fixated on pandemic schooling missteps.
This week’s read is an article by C. Brandon Ogbunu that examines analogies for racism as a pathology. Read on to delve into an exploration of white nationalism and reflections on what solutions the author’s new analogy may offer.
This week’s read is an American Educator article by Nora S. Newcombe that examines spatial thinking. Check it out to read about techniques educators already use that develop spatial thinking and how building these techniques into curricula can lead to increased math and science learning.
The week’s read is an article by Kelly Niccolls and Rebecca Midles that examines the distinctions between viewing the pandemic as a time of schooling and peer interaction loss instead of a time of learning loss. While the challenges of COVID have been great, looking forward, the authors offer some possible next-steps for renewing learning communities and learning outcomes with families and community partners, using the pandemic as an opportunity and not a setback.
The week’s reads provide two different lessons for students to learn about (or more about) National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and her 2021 presidential inauguration poem “The Hill We Climb.” In Ms. Gorman’s powerful words:
“We are striving to forge a union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.”
The recommendation this week is about the strengths of children with dyslexia and comes from a recent collaborative study by UC San Francisco neuroscientists along with the UCSF Dyslexia Center and UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
There is a strong relationship between the success of bilingual and multilingual learners and the attitudes of educators and school systems toward bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. This week’s recommendation challenges us to reflect on our practice and take on the language-as-the-problem orientation when it comes to bilingual and multilingual learners.
This week’s read is an article by Linda Darling Hammond that outlines 10 policy moves that can be made right now to begin addressing the significant inequities embedded in our education system. The challenges of COVID while further highlighting the stark inequities have also created conditions for positive and revolutionary change. Check it out and see how your school’s efforts align.
This week’s reads are a combination of article and book. In conjunction, they offer insight into racism and white privilege. The first, an article, highlights why racism should be declared a public health issue and how doing so forces systemic disparities to the surface. The second recommendation, a book, explores white privilege within and beyond the classroom and challenges readers to consider their roles and responsibilities in taken on racial injustice and inequity.
This week, Rosita’s Reads recommends an article about a New Zealand primary school. The project focused on using peer feedback and information and communication technologies to enhance the writing achievement of primary school boys.
This week’s Rosita’s Read comes from the field of cognitive science. It offers findings related to the development of critical thinking that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application.
The Rosita’s Reads for this week explore student voice and agency. Across the two recommended texts, voice and agency are looked at in relationship to motivation and engagement, learner-centered classrooms, and formative assessment.
We hope you enjoy the recommendations from the last Rosita’s Reads of 2020. Stay tuned; we will be back on January 5, 2021.
This week Rosita offers a few recommendations for children’s books that are great for readers of all ages. The recommendations celebrate culture, identity, and standing up for what is right. Stories are important because they have the ability to open eyes to ideas and perspectives, to shift minds and hearts, and to establish a new normal.
This week’s recommendation comes in the form of a TEDx Talk and asks us all to consider the possibilities of learning in the Cloud.
This week’s recommendation, much like last week’s, encourages you to look at the link between the learning that occurs with families and communities and the learning that occurs in schools. Now, maybe even more than any other time, educators and educational organizations need to understand, honor, and build upon the learning that happens in the homes and communities of students from diverse cultures.
This week’s recommendation centers on the idea that common sense outweighs school learning for getting along in the world. Though the article comes from decades ago, the sentiment holds true today and reinforces the need to balance education by recognizing and honoring out-of-school learning with the learning that is being called for within schools.
This week’s recommendations focus on the lasting footprint that COVID 19 will leave on education. These articles celebrate the ingenuity of educators and educational organizations, the realities facing schools at the beginning of the pandemic, and now, the amazing challenge of learning from this globalized situation to be and do better for educators and students.
This week’s recommendations offer a break from what might typically come across your Twitter or Facebook newsfeed. One of the articles shares new research on the relationship between choice, choice-confirmation bias, and learning. The other article shares information about NASA’s new treaty for maintaining peace on the moon.
The recommendations from this week explore the idea of working together. One article offers suggestions for engaging youth in what could (and should) be collective work at the local and state level. The other shares insights about the link between understanding differences and the role of collaborative work with those who are thought to be “different” to achieve a goal.
This week Rosita recommends two articles about the influence of Latino and Indigenous peoples on United States history and its future and a podcast that explains a “why” to Zoom fatigue.
The articles this week offer insights into the importance of different perspectives on creativity, the impact of retaking the SATs, and the ways in which COVID-19 has changed the work of those in child care centers.
A weekly list of articles recommended by Rosita Apodaca, IFL Executive Director, that are relevant to you and responsive to our shared responsibility to do better for those we serve.