Watch SML reading webinars for chance at gift cards

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 officially wrapped up several days ago, but the celebration will continue into early June for select viewers who take part in Share My Lesson’s next three Reading Opens the World seminars.

The AFT will randomly choose participants who attend the free live webinars on May 19, May 26 and June 2 to receive $25 gift cards for First Book Marketplace.…

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New Share My Lesson webinar series tied to AFT’s literacy campaign

The AFT literacy campaign Reading Opens the World has a companion Share My Lesson webinar series that begins Jan. 27 and runs through late April.

These webinars are available for one hour of professional development credit. Each session is grounded in the science of reading and is taught by an AFT national trainer. The focus of each webinar will be on an important aspect of reading instruction and improving student literacy. …

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Share My Lesson offers stress-solutions workshops

AFT’s Share My Lesson has a three-part program on stress solutions for educations that begins Jan. 11.

In the first session, instructor Catherine Zack will cover why mindfulness is a powerful tool for managing stress and also share three simple, mindful meditation techniques.

For more information on all three sessions (taking place Jan. 11, Jan. 25 and Feb.…

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AFT gives Share My Lesson a refresh

The online resource Share My Lesson has been relaunched, and the updated version “reflects what educators, school staff and families truly need to help all students thrive — socially, emotionally and academically,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.

“As I travel around the country, I see firsthand how our students are returning with immense needs — including a need to prioritize social-emotional learning and learning recovery,” Weingarten said.…

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Free lessons available for Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct. 11 is Indigenous Peoples Day, and there are myriad free resources available online suitable for the classroom.

AFT’s Share My Lesson has more than 60 resources covering American Indian ways of life, arts and more. As part of its Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative, the National Museum of the American Indian offers a Teaching & Learning About Native Americans FAQ that covers terminology, laws, reservations, tribal sovereignty, mascots and other topics.…

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Share My Lesson marks 9/11 milestone

Join Share My Lesson and Jennifer Lagasse and Meredith Ketchmark of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Aug. 18 for “Anniversary in the Schools: Commemorating 9/11 20 Years Later,” a session on teaching students about the 9/11 attacks and how they continue to impact society.

Created by the 9/11 Museum education department, this free program connects students with first responders, survivors, witnesses and 9/11 family members to help young people better understand the historical importance of the attacks and their enduring impact.…

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AFT joins forces with NAACP, First Book to stamp out racism

The AFT has partnered with the NAACP and First Book for the campaign “Stamping Out Racism and Hate,” which officially launches in July with a special AFT edition of the Jason Reynolds-Ibram X. Kendi book “Stamped.”

“The authors lay out the pervasiveness and insidiousness of racism in our lives, even as the history and legacy of racism often are left out of what we are taught and told,” writes AFT President Randi Weingarten in a note included in the special edition.…

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Recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth — which in 2020 became a state and public holiday in New Jersey — “has never been explicitly taught in American history,” writes Dr. Lisa Thomas for the Share My Lesson section of AFT’s website.

“June 19, 1865, is the day all people living in the United States, including the formerly enslaved, were officially granted freedom,” Thomas writes.…

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Updated Share My Lesson resources available for Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and the AFT has updated a handful of its LGBTQ-related Share My Lesson resources for 2021 to accompany its existing catalog.

Among the revised offerings are two lesson plans for middle school and high school students: “AIDS Memorial Quilt: Raising Awareness a Stitch at a Time,” the story of a community art project that changed the world’s perception of HIV and AIDS; and “Stonewall Uprising: The Fight Against Oppression,” a look at the gay rights demonstrations in June 1969 at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.…

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Share My Lesson to present free wellness sessions during Teacher Appreciation Week

As part of a month of new virtual sessions, AFT’s Share My Lesson will present three wellness programs during Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 3-7. The offerings that week are:

May 4 at 6 p.m. ET: “For All Abilities: Mindfulness and Yoga With Grand Love”
Join DeAnn Albertson-Fontanella to connect with your inner self through asanas, breathing and meditation.…

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