Monday, November 27, 2017

November is National Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community, both city, county and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area.

Here are some resources that you can use to engage youth in Native American Learning Activities:

1) Native American Lessons, Activities, and Resources (NEA Website) 

2) Native American Student Activities, Lesson Plans, and Collection
    Guides (Library of Congress) 

3) Native American Heritage Month Resources (Indian Country Today)

4) Celebrate Native American Heritage Month (Education World)

STEM / Expanded Learning and Other Pertinent Articles:

1) Building students' foundational skills and competencies that will help them
    in the workforce and life (After School Alliance November 2017 Spotlight Brief)

2) Building on student interest and exposing students to careers and career pathways
    (After School Alliance November 2017 Spotlight Brief)

3) Providing real-world work experiences that help build students' familiarity with
    and capabilities in the workforce
    (After School Alliance November 2017 Spotlight Brief)

4) Trauma-Informed Practice Part 1
    (Learning in After School and Summer Blog by Sam Phia, November 15, 2017)

5) Trauma-Informed Practice Part II
    (Learning in After School and Summer Blog by Sam Phia, November 15, 2017)

6) Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smart Phone
    (NPR article by Claire Mcinerny, November 21, 2017)

7) As DACA Winds Down, DREAMers Turn Toward Different Futures
    (NPR article by Claire Mcinerny, November 10, 2017)

8) In the Age of Legalization, Talking to Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher
    (NPR article by Anna Gorman, November 10, 2017)

9) Encouraging students to make mistakes to improve math outcomes
    (Edsource article by Lizzy Hull Barnes, November 19, 2017)

10) For Equity, Build Relationships
      (Harvard Graduate School article by Akisha R. Jones)

11) The Tech Industry's Gender-Discrimination Problem
      (New Yorker article by Sheelah Kolhatkar, November 20, 2017)

12) When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too
      (Edutopia article by Emelina Minero, October 4, 2017)

STEM / STEAM / DACA / Educational etc. Resources:

1) 36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning Activities
    (Global Digital Citizen Foundation / Activities)

2) 20 Elementary Science Projects (Teach Beside Me Blog Post)

3) The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science,
    Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    (Masters in Data Science / Web Resources)

4) November STEAM / STEM Activities for Middle School Students
    (STEM Activities for Kids Website)

5) Middle School STEM Activities (Engineering Go For It STEM Activities)

6) Arts and Crafts for Kids ( website Activities Grades K-12)

7) 37 Amazing Craft Ideas (Scholastic Activities Webpage)

8) Cooperative Physical Activities (PE Central Activities)

9) Cooperative Games (Mr. Gym)

10) Immigrant Legal Resource Center (DACA Resource)

11) City of Sacramento DACA Resources (DACA Resources)

12) DC School For Young Men of Color Tackles Mistrust Between Students and Police 
      (NPR Podcast by Cory Turner November 19, 2017)

13) Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning? 
      (TED Talk by Sam Kass, November 17, 2017)

14) Native American Students Fight Discrimination by Celebrating Their Heritage
      (NPR Podcast by David Sommerstein, November 16, 2017)

15) New Study Finds That 4.2 Million Kids Experience Homelessness Each Year
      (NPR Podcast by Leila Fadel, November 15, 2017)

16) How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving
      (NPR article by Meg Anderson, November 23, 2017)

17) Quality Standard: Healthy Choices and Behaviors Video (Video)

18) What is the Biggest Challenge Facing Expanded Learning? (The WEL Video)

19) Educated Guess Podcast (Podcast by Rodrigo Arancibia)

STEM / Non-STEM Grants:

1) The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources (Edutopia)
    (Updated on November 22, 2017)

2) Bank of the West Grants (Grant Page)

3) Wells Fargo Community Grants (California Grants Page)

4) CAN Afterschool Grants Page (CAN Webpage)

5) The Impact Foundry (Grant Page)

6) CA Arts Council Grants (Grant Page) (December 5th Webinar)

Professional Learning Sessions / Contest / Conferences / etc.

1) CalSAC Trainer Network (Deadline: December 15, 2017)

2) Abstract Art Workshop (Free) (December 5, 2017)

3) Generation Nano Superhero Contest for Middle and High School Students
    (Deadline: January 8, 2018)

4) Restorative Practices Training Sessions 
   (January 22, February 23, March 5, April 24, 2017) ($100 for the series)

5) STEM to STEAM (January 29, 2018) (Free)

6) STEM through the Lens of Quality Standards (February 26, 2018) (Free)

Thanks again for all that you do in the field. Please keep us posted about STEM 
events / activities in your area. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Monica Gonzalez-Williams (SCOE: Region 3: After School Regional Lead):

Phil Romig (SCOE: Science Curriculum Specialist):

Mark Drewes (SCOE: Project Specialist II: Expanded Learning) 

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