Happy Monday Change Makers!
We are nearing the end of our first month in 2021.
Remember that everything we do in the classroom is about fighting for our freedom and the freedom of our students. We write to be free. We calculate to be free. We research to be free. We study history to understand our freedom and advocate for it.
Ps. There are some really great resources below, so scroll all the way down!
In an effort to get you guys more connected to each other, please complete your slide on this slideshow so everyone can know who each other is! You can reach out to each other and make new friends based on content, interests or if you are just curious about someone!
Check the calendar to see when I will be visiting your classroom as well as upcoming cohort events!
1. (Mandatory) 1 CM Leadership Summit
*This event is now only required for 1CMS and optional for 2CMS
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
2. (Mandatory) School Meetings!
It's time for our school meetings again. Instead of doing one on ones this semester, I am
redirecting that time to schedule school/network meetings. This is to continue to live
into our vision of "creat[ing] closeness and connectivity with one another...to solve
problems and create action."
In the past, this time has been a great way for us to build relationship and work towards
Thursday, February 11th, 2021 4:30-5:30pm CST
Thursday February 18th, 2021 4:30-5:30pm CST
3. (Mandatory) Final 2CM Equity Alliance Theory of Change Presentation
Wednesday, February 24th, 2020
AMANDA GORMANS POEM LESSON PLAN: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/lesson-plan-discuss-22-year-old-amanda-gormans-inaugural-poem-the-miracle-morning/
A week of Action: BLM in the Classroom: https://www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com/
Education Week shared a beginning list of resources from experts, practicing educators, and national organizations to help generate dialogue and develop comprehensive teaching units in response to the events of last week. HERE
This resource from Facing History and Ourselves was designed to help guide an initial classroom reflection. HERE
I have a few specific shout outs today!
First up, Priya Sridhar (Valor Flagship, 7 ELA) and Trisha Serpa (Intrepid IA, Government and Economics). Last week and this week I watched these two teachers lean into powerful discussions on assimilation in their classrooms with so much courage. Kudos!
Priya has a natural ability to seamlessly scaffold students up to some big conceptual takeaways.
Trisha is excellent at generating questions that force students to critically think about the history they learn.
Next up, Katharine Bowman (Valor Flagship, 6th SS) uses data so well in her classes. In this lesson, she continuously showed students their mastery in real time and had a discussion around their thinking. Kudos!
Finally, Ania Lukasinski (Valor Voyager, 8th ELA) does such a great job incorporating joy in her classroom through art, music, and now Atticus (her cat)! Here is Atticus making an appearance on the exit ticket!
We are 27 change makers with a lot more in common than we think. Our vision is to create closeness and connectivity with one another, our students, and their families to solve problems and create action.