Whole Child Review Resources and Articles

Embracing an inclusive and challenging curriculum

Woke Kindergarten 60 Second Text: Spot the Difference: This one in particular encourages kids to interrogate the differences between how Black Lives Matter protestors and Trump supporters are treated by the police, using photography as the medium to introduce them to these contrasts.

PBS Kids – resource for helping students talk about the news:

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/helping-children-with-tragic-events-in-the-news

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think privilege and/or race might play into what is happening at the capital?
  • Does your story begin when you are born? Why or Why not?
  • Is skin color a part of your story?
  • How does the color of your skin affect you?
  • What is the important thing about your story?
  • The author says “Race is a story.” What does he mean by this?

This resource has concrete tools and examples.

Here are two informative and timely EDWEEK articles that unpack the events from Wednesday for educators as well as provide additional tips on how to approach communication with students:

Caring for Students In the Wake of a Traumatic News Event by Evie Blad

Insurgency at the U.S. Capitol: A Dreaded, Real-Life Lesson Facing Teachers by Madeline Will & Stephen Sawchuk

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence created a free online course for pre-K through 12th grade educators called “Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty & Stress.”

Facinghistory.org has created a resource divided into four key sections: 1) creating a brave and safe space 2) sharing facts and information 3) holding student reflection space 4) providing strategies to students for how to follow the news.

Sara Ahmed, educator and author of Being The Change, created a lesson template/protocol to use with students for how to process all types of news.

Sharing resources from our Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice

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