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Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice. Social activism has always been a popular subject for documentarians because it presents stories of both cause and characters.

Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice

The 10 powerful films below are not a complete list of films about social activists, but certainly proof enough that social change is possible, even under the most challenging conditions. Feel free to suggest your own films in the comments below. Freedom Riders (2011) Stanley Nelson’s film about the Freedom Riders, a group of more that 400 black and white civil rights activists who rode together on buses and trains through the Deep South in 1961, violating Jim Crow laws. The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (2011) The story of Vashti McCollum, a young housewife from central Illinois who filed a lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing the separation of church and state in public schools. To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks!

By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon When elementary school teacher Erin Klein sat in one of her students’ desks last year, she noticed a few things about her classroom space.

To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks!

For one, the room itself was long and narrow, and the space was awkward. Large, clunky student desks crowded the classroom. The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten. 15 Charts That Prove We're Far From Post-Racial. On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

15 Charts That Prove We're Far From Post-Racial

It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it's apparently easy to think that we're over racism. Here are 15 facts that prove that's not the case. 1) Affluent blacks and Hispanics still live in poorer neighborhoods than whites with working class incomes. An analysis of census data conducted by researchers at Brown University found that income isn't the main driving factor in the segregation of U.S. cities. "We cannot escape the conclusion that more is at work here than simple market processes that place people according to their means," their report stated. 2) There's a big disparity in wealth between white Americans and non-white Americans. Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers. 18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism.

Discussions about racism should be all-inclusive and open to people of all skin colors.

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

However, to put it simply, sometimes White people lack the experience or education that can provide a rudimentary foundation from which a productive conversation can be built. How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is taking heat from education groups, which say the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic support comes with strings attached.

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

How Millennials Perpetuate Racism By Pretending It Doesn't Exist. Photo illustration by Slate.

How Millennials Perpetuate Racism By Pretending It Doesn't Exist

5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout. I've read a lot of articles about preventing teacher burnout, so a new list is probably not that unique.

5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

However, as I reflected on what causes burnout, on times when I came pretty close to feeling burnout, and on times when I watched my colleagues burn out around me, I realized that many internal and external factors can lead to teacher burnout -- some that teachers themselves can control and some that they can't. Here are five big factors that play a part in teacher burnout, along with tips on how to prevent these factors from burning you out. 1) Maintain Your "Other" Life It's OK if teaching is your life as long as you have a life outside of your classroom.

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. ‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post) Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education?

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. INBOX. Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

INBOX

Affirmative Action Ban Upheld The Supreme Court upholds the right of a state to decide whether or not it will use race in admissions decisions at public institutions of higher education. Inside Higher Ed April 22, 2014 Ideas from NCTE for Teaching All Our Students: Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students. January31, 2014 I came across this wonderful resource a couple of days ago through TechChef4u and after checking the forms it has I decided to share it with you.

Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students

This is basically a treasure trove packed full of handy Google forms you can use with your students in the classroom. There are also forms for administrators and another selection for professional development. So those of you who do not have time to design their own forms, this page is a must bookmark for future reference. If you are not yet familiar with how to use Google Forms and want a head start, check out the resources below. Below is a screenshot of the forms created by Molly. FollowMolly Blog :Technology Ideas, Thoughts, Resources, Sites, and Projects for teachersTech for Teachers :Technology resources for classroom teachersClassroom in the Cloud :Web 2.0 Examples from the ClassroomChromebook Classroom :A resource for all things Chromebooks Click HERE to access source page. 21stcenturylearning. Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Kate DiCamillo wins Newbery Medal, "Locomotive" wins Caldecott.

Looking for great reads for young people? "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner. Click through the gallery to see the rest of the American Library Association's Youth Media Award 2014 winners for children's and young adult literature. 45 Books to Teach Children About Black History. Black History Month presents a wonderful opportunity to teach your children about the incredible accomplishments of Black men and women in America and abroad. Here's a collection of non-fiction and historical fiction books to help children learn about a past that should be highlighted far beyond these 28 days each year. 4 to 8-years-old Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him.

From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Notable Children’s Books of 2013. 28 Books That Affirm Black Boys. I love reading all kinds of stories to my children, but I especially love reading books that feature African American characters, because I know that it affirms them. I previously wrote about books that affirm African American girls that I love to read to my daughter. Now, I would like to share some books that I have read to my son that he really enjoys, as well as books that I plan on reading with him as he gets older.

These books feature African American boys as the main character, and include some historical figures, but mainly are stories about every day happenings that boys are sure to enjoy! What better way to begin fostering a young boy’s love of reading than reading stories that he can relate to, with the added bonus of having characters that are a reflection of him. Preschool age group (2-5): LA0914Childrens. Diversity in young adult literature: Where's the 'Mexican Katniss'? CNN Living asked writers and YA watchers what changes they'd like to see in young adult fiction. "I hope more commercial books feature more characters of color. Chalkbeat. Everything you need to know about Common Core — Ravitch. The Problems with the Common Core.

This is a revised version of a talk on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) delivered in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 20, 2013. The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states and are currently being implemented in school districts throughout the United States. The trouble with the Common Core is not primarily what is in these standards or what's been left out, although that's certainly at issue. The bigger problem is the role the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are playing in the larger dynamics of current school reform and education politics.

Today everything about the Common Core, even the brand name—the Common Core State Standards—is contested because these standards were created as an instrument of contested policy. They have become part of a larger political project to remake public education in ways that go well beyond slogans about making sure every student graduates “college and career ready,” however that may be defined this year. The Lure of the Common Core. State Legislators Advance Legislation to Halt Common Core. Coming Out as Biracial — Human Parts. "How I Met Your Mother" Puts A Character In Yellowface. Why Can’t We Talk About Race? Reddit Users Can’t Deal With a Black Kid Getting Into All 8 Ivy League Schools. Updated 04/01/2014, 06:56PM A black high school student gets admitted into all eight Ivy League schools. For tongues tired of dancing. American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds.

Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday by the U.S. Education Department that include data from every U.S. school district. Black students are suspended or expelled at triple the rate of their white peers, according to the U.S. Education Department's 2011-2012 Civil Rights Data Collection, a survey conducted every two years. Black Children Face The Most Barriers To Success In America, Asians The Least. From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday. While more than 92 percent of white, Latino, American-Indian and Asian and Pacific Islander babies are born at normal birth weight, that number for African-Americans only reaches into the high-80s.

Teaching tolerance: How white parents should talk to their kids about race. Photo by Purestock/Thinkstock.