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Helpful Remote Learning Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, and Student Resources

By 1:10pm PST June 29, 2020

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FOR STUDENTS

 

Adulting 101: Become Fluent in the Art of the Virtual Interview

(Resources)
So you got an interview. How do you prepare for it, especially in a virtual world? We have your back with resources that can help, whether you’re interviewing for an internship, a job, or college admissions.

 

Adulting 101: How to Get Comfortable in the Virtual Workplace

(Resources)
From remote learning to working from home, it’s important to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible so you can be as productive as possible. Check out tips and resources that will help you create the workspace you need to succeed when you get down to business.

 

Adulting 101: Budgeting

(Resources)
When you leave high school, learning how to manage money becomes more and more important. Learn how to budget now, so you can be set up for success as you progress to the next chapters of your life.

 

Adulting 101: Writing Professional Emails

(Resources)
Many of you are applying to part- or full-time internships and jobs. One of the most important factors of success in the workplace is communication. And oftentimes, that takes place through email. Find out the do’s and don’ts of writing a professional email.

 


 

FOR EDUCATORS

 

Student Voice Matters: NYC Students Get Real About COVID-19

(25-minute video)
Listen in on this powerful conversation between two NYC students, as Sokhnadiarra and Makai discuss how they’ve worked to make a difference in their communities and why it’s so important to them.

 

Educators As First Responders

(Video Series)
In the second video of this series brought to you by award-winning documentarian Lee Hirsch, educators discuss how to address inequities brought to light by the current crisis. This very special series, “When the School Doors Closed: Voices of Empathy and Resilience,” explores the crucial role educators play in the lives of students and families during the pandemic. Stay tuned for the next installment.

 


 

FOR FAMILIES

 

Using Restorative Circles to Have Tough Conversations

(Resources)
There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic and national protests are on students’ minds. The emotions attached to recent events make it so important to give students a safe space to air their fears, anxieties, and stresses. See how you can use restorative circles to help navigate difficult conversations with your students.

Black Wall Street and the Quest for Financial Freedom

(Resources)
There was once a thriving community of Black-owned businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Black Wall Street was the epitome of Black Excellence in the 1920s. Learn more about the history of this thriving community in Black Wall Street The Board Game and teach your students about entrepreneurship, economics, and Black Joy.

 

Defining Black Joy and How to Celebrate It

(Resources)
Celebrating and spotlighting Black Joy is essential for racial justice. It’s a form of resistance rooted in celebration. It’s about uplifting the beauty within the Black community and honoring their right to happiness. While the fight for racial justice is far from over, it’s important to celebrate wins along the way. See how you can celebrate Black Joy every day.

 

Working and Learning at Home Together

(Resources)
With school closures and the shift to remote work for many workplaces, families have found themselves all working and learning together under one roof. If you’re reading this post, we probably don’t have to tell you this presents challenges for everyone involved. Add some words of advice to other families as a comment to this thread.

 


 

FOR EVERYONE

 

Words of Inspiration Students Everywhere Need to Hear #ByStudentsForStudents

(Video Series)
We’ve added another video to our series on student voice, so be sure to check it out. Listen in as high school students share how they’re coping with the pandemic, discuss how they’re using their time, and reflect on new realizations. And what they had to say is pretty grown-up.

 

Supporting Students with Incarcerated Parents or Family Members

(Resources)
Did you know that over 5 million children in the U.S. have incarcerated parents or family members? Among Black children, the number is one in nine. And those students often deal with the trauma that comes with it alone. Find out you can help students in this tough position feel supported.

 

When They See Us: Media Bias and Data Analysis

(Resources for Netflix Series)
Use the Netflix series “When They See Us” as a tool to teach your family lessons about civics, journalism, media bias, and more. Watch the series and follow along with each episode using these activities, reflections, and prompts designed to deepen the conversation about systemic racism.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

 

Let’s Celebrate the Story behind Juneteenth and Why It’s Important

(Resources)
Until recently, not everyone knew about Juneteenth. Find out the history behind the holiday that many of us didn’t learn about in school. And see why Juneteenth is a beautiful expression of hope.

 

Understanding America’s History of Racial Injustice Through Film

(Film Recs)
We curated a list of 5 must-watch movies, films, and documentaries that shed light on the U.S. criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and policing.

 

Confronting America’s History of Racial Injustice

(Resources With Videos)
Explore historical events that are missing from our history books with resources from the Equal Justice Initiative. It’s time for those stories to be told, heard, seen, and shared.

 

Student Voice: “Speak Up and Let Your Voice Be Heard”

(Conversation)
Meet Vera Brown, a high school student who wrote an open letter on Instagram sharing her raw feelings and thought-provoking insights about why #BlackLivesMatter. Feel similarly? Respond to her post.

 

Photo by NESA by Makers on Unsplash

 

Editorial Associate, XQ Institute. Hana is a recent graduate of Barnard College in New York and has spent the last two years working around issues of economic inequality, welfare reform, and gender justice.