Local Fall Storywalks

By mslaflamme | Tue, 08/30/2022

First Connections, a parenting resource for families with infants and young children, has included in their newsletter information about a series of fall storywalks in the local communities of Concord, Maynard, and Carlisle. Below is information provided in their newsletter:

September 17-25

The Boy Who Grew Flowers is a story geared toward ages 5 & up. It tells the story of Rink, a shy boy who has a unique talent, and a classmate, Angelina, who has one leg shorter than the other. The kindness they show each other makes both their lives happier. The author has a brother on the autism spectrum, and she teaches art to people who happen to have a disability. While you're there, come inside to visit the FREE interactive family-friendly exhibit for Barefoot Books' 30th Anniversary!

Location: Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St, Concord, MA

October 8-14

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by taking a walk while reading Fry Bread, about a modern Native American family written by a member of the Seminole Nation. This multiple-award-winning book depicts generations of family and friends sharing their culture and traditional meals together. Take home the fry bread recipe and background historical information for parents.

Location: Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Rd, Carlisle, MA

November 5-13

Celebrate Family Stories Month with Under My Hijab, about a young girl who sees the 6 women in her life wear their hijabs in unique ways. The book honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, and highlights their love of each other and pride in their culture.

Location: Assabet River Rail Trail, 138 Winter Street, Maynard, MA

First Connections is a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program with primary funding from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Their mission is "to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey" (First Connections).

Learning for Justice: Learning Plans, Student Texts, and Student Tasks

By mslaflamme | Tue, 06/07/2022

I first learned about Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) through my work on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advisory committee. We put together a series of presentations focused on the social justice standards and their four domains—identity, diversity, justice, and action (IDJA). But as I explored their website in search of professional development facilitator guides, workshops, and self-guided learning resources, I discovered so much more than professional development. I discovered lessons, learning plans, students texts, student tasks, teaching strategies, and even a learning plan builder!

Learning for JusticeThere are so many great resources offered by this source. I recommend scrolling through their student task ideas first (because that's where you'll get hooked). Then, when you're ready, create a (free!) account and get started on your first learning plan! Learn more at https://www.learningforjustice.org/classroom-resources.