Quality Resource: The Ways

The Ways are stories on culture and language from native communities around the central Great Lakes. There are twelve stories in total and they were created for 6th – 12th grade audiences (and of course, adults). For this reason, be sure to watch the film in it’s entirety before sharing with your students or children so you’re a bit more prepared for questions they may have (especially if your students or children are younger than 6th grade). There are great resources to accompany each video to assist in your learning. The Ways were created to: Expand and challenge knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native American culture and language. Explore the role of language and culture in Native identity and community empowerment. Provide resources to assist in meeting Wisconsin Act 31 requirements and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies. Leverage digital media to support accessibility, engagement, and integration of learning resources in educational contexts. You can use them to fulfill a wide variety of learning objectives or simply to include something new based in culture and story. While I enjoy each and every one of these stories, three of my favorites include Waadookodaading, Hunting Deer, and Prayers in a Song. […]

Quality Resource: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Looking for resources to teach about the Holocaust? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) provides a plethora of amazing resources for educators and families. Even if you’re unable to visit in person (it’s located in Washington, D.C.), the USHMM provides resources for educators in the form of: lesson plans teaching materials online workshops professional events They’ve even created a Holocaust Encycopedia and global classroom that are available in multiple languages. I was fortunate enough to visit this museum and attend several of their First Person: Conversations with Survivors programs in the summer of 2015. This is a series accessible to you online, as are many of their programs. The USHMM is a truly remarkable place. A place that demonstrates what you do matters. A place that shows why we must never forget. Please take a few moments to browse through their website and learn how you can integrate these ideas and concepts into your classroom or home. Here’s wishing you kindness. Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: Sandy Hook Promise

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide, and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child. They are aiming to build a national movement of parents, schools, and community organizers engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy. They are planning to accomplish this by: Building a national base Organizing at a community level Developing and delivering mental health & wellness programs Advocating for state and federal policy There are many great ways to get involved that are all available to you via their website of sandyhookpromise.org. Not only is their PSA, Evan, a must-see but they have some great fact sheets and prevention programs available to you, for free! Planning ahead to February 2017? Think about participating in the Start With Hello Week. It is happening February 6-10, 2107, for grades 2-12. Start With Hello Week brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities, and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization. Here’s wishing you a peaceful […]

The Simple Strength of Finnish Education

I commonly read about Finland’s education system and one of my favorite people to read from is Tim Walker. He’s come out with another piece titled: The Simple Strength of Finnish Education It’s a quick read where you’ll learn more about his thoughts on Finland’s sensible, independent, modest, playful, low-stress, and equitable (SIMPLE) education system. Have a lovely day! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez