IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR NAVIGATING IN 2020-21
The following resources are here for you and your students as you navigate the year ahead! These valuable resources center around distance learning, race and equity, and student voice and advocacy. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything else you need to assist you in making this upcoming school year the best it can be!
There is no one better to kick off the new school year than with our good friend - Jason Kotecki! Just click the image below to hear his inspiring message as we reflect on the past 6 months and plan for the year ahead.
At the WASC, we have learned that the BIGGEST OF OBSTACLES create the BIGGEST OF OPPORTUNITIES. This week during our launch, we focus on REFLECTION. It is important to reflect on all that has happened and the silver lining found in it's aftermath. As for the WASC, we have created communities of leaders across the country to share resources, created new initiatives that will unfold in the upcoming months, and provided unmatched networking for our student leaders. We also had the chance to hit pause and rethink programming, alumni engagement, and new ways to deliver content to our members.
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES
Building School Culture and Creating Community While Distance/Hybrid Learning
Description: We are getting closer to the start of school, but many of us have more questions than answers about what that will look like. One of our biggest priorities as Activities Directors, Administrators, and School Staff is to build school culture and create community. With the uncertainty that is before us though, many of us wonder how we can accomplish that. Share your questions, concerns, and ideas with our panel as they help us generate ideas and plan for an amazing year.
Panelists: Houston Kraft, Johan Khalilian, and Keith Hawkins
Is your school battling a campus closure due to COVID-19? Have you been forced to cancel dances, sports, theater productions, and other student activities? We’re here to help.
Below is a running list of activities your ASB/Student Council program can use immediately to foster positive culture and engagement.
A huge thank-you to all of the programs who have permitted us to share their incredible activities!
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Character Strong Resources
1. Lessons and Resources for Educators, Students, and Families
Free lessons, tools, videos, etc. that you can use with your students throughout the upcoming weeks. Whether your district will have you teaching virtually, or if you simply desire to share resources with your students during this time off, we hope these resources provide some support to both you and your students.
2. CharacterStrong Virtual Assemblies
We have reached out to our network of speakers to see if they would be willing to share short inspiring, positive, and uplifting “virtual assemblies” over the coming weeks. We invite you to share these with your students.
3. CharacterStrong Whole Child Virtual Summit
This event has been in the works for a few months now, but we are ramping up our efforts to make it available sooner. From April 13-24th, we will have a myriad of guests including Dr. Angela Duckworth to share why the work of educating the Whole Child is so important. This will be a free virtual summit that anyone in education could benefit from. Register for the Summit here, then share with your colleagues and network. These conversations are rich and practical - you will love them!
4. 30 Days of Kindness Journal
In an effort to combat the fear and confusion we are currently experiencing, we’ve put together 30 Days of Kindness that can be done from home. 10 minutes or less a day to keep you focused on goodness and positivity with shareable social images, videos, and journal pages.
5. Free Ongoing Content to Keep You Connected with the WHY and the HOW
Blogs, Podcasts, Webinars and Facebook Live events will be geared towards your needs right now. We will continue to put out regular blogs, podcast episodes, and webinars to support those who support our students. We hope these will be a source of encouragement and reminders of how we can best support our students’ social and emotional needs.
6. Virtual Professional Development
A month ago, we launched our CharacterStrong Virtual Professional Development. It provides “the Why, the What, and the How” of creating strong school culture and infusing social-emotional learning into the daily fabric of our work. The content is thoughtful, practical, and has a strong focus on SEL, character development, purpose, and developing a common language. This resource can be used in many ways to train both certified and classified staff. Many schools and districts are purchasing it during the school closures to send out to their staff for continued professional learning and discussion during this difficult time. It includes worksheets for processing and extended learning opportunities with curated blogs, podcasts, and webinars. Learn more about how to purchase this for your school site here.
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ACTION PACKED VIDEO SERIES
Over 100 short videos to help young people become the best versions of themselves! Click HERE to learn more.
Sign up for a FREE service where educators throughout the USA are talking about how to #UseTechToConnect kids throughout the nation. ICANHELP is leading the change to have this conversation in one place and giving lessons, and future webinars to ease this isolation. Go Sign Up for the FREE discussion.
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Joe Beckman is sharing a wonderful resource called The Hub with parents and educators.
Not only can you find videos on character and human connection here, but also lesson plans, ice breakers, PD and more.
Joe’s hope is that it will help schools and parents remind students that character, civility, and connection are integral parts now…and after we get through this.
Here is a link that gives everyone free access.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, schools are closed across the country leading to many parents and children having increased time at home together. So how can parents take advantage of this time with their kids? Is there an opportunity to engage kids in the home in meaningful ways? We think so and it is why we created Home Chats to help open up those opportunities for purposeful discussions.
Home Chats are one-page conversation guides to enable you and your kids to discuss and build relevant leadership and life skills. Each Home Chat guide uses a Habitude to build an applicable life skill by utilizing relevant visuals and activities to create a fun way for parents to engage their kids.
Click HERE to access these Home Chats!
31 QUESTIONS TO ASK LEADERS
Association of Washington Student Leaders came up with this GREAT list of 31 questions to ask student leaders. Check it out and Click HERE!
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Overcoming Obstacles’ Life Skills Lessons for Remote Learning offers educators engaging activities they can use with their secondary school students while they are learning from home. The activities will help students identify their strengths, make better decisions, achieve their goals, develop a positive attitude, respect themselves as well as others, and handle the stress in their lives.
To download the free handbook, click here. And please don’t hesitate to forward or share this email with anyone you think would find this resource helpful.
BRENÉ BROWN – DARING CLASSROOMS
We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.
We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale. And what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.
Daring Classrooms Resources
LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!
Lunch Doodles with Mo
Imagineering fans, get ready! If you’ve ever been one of many guests who’s visited a Disney theme park and found yourself inspired to dream, build and create, there’s a new online program you just can’t miss!
‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine.
The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences. The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation in the minds of students and teachers alike, while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts.
Imagineering in a Box
SCHOLASTIC (LEARN AT HOME)
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Scholastic (Learn at Home)
With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CURRICULUM FOR HOME
Free social-emotional activities from Pathway 2 Success that can be done at home.
Pathway 2 Success Resources
Mindfulness activities for free for teens and adults
Teaching mindfulness to kids
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.
Virtual Field Trips
A great resource to find food assistance, help paying bells, and other free or reduced costs programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
VIRTUAL DISNEYLAND RIDES
Having fun is important during this time. Have students experience rides from Disneyland and great some metaphoric discussions!Virtual Disneyland Rides
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES
WHAT TO WATCH
13th (Netflix – mature teens and older for language, rape and sexual assualt triggers) Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
King in the Wilderness (HBO – TV14) A portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the last years of his life, from his part in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to his assassination in 1968.
The Hate You Give (Cinemax, PG13 – a book that is often in school libraries, but not all) Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right.
When They See Us (Netflix – Common Sense Media recommends 15+) In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York’s Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet, labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. The cast is full of Emmy nominees and winners, including Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, and Blair Underwood. Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay co-wrote and directed the four episodes.
A Class Divided (PBS – used in classrooms for years across the world) The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power 30 years later.
WHAT TO READ
21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: A self-challenge guide to creating effective social justice habits honoring dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership.
How to Be an Ally: https://guidetoallyship.com/
The article For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courtny Areil serves two purposes. It was written for people of color to have a quick link to save time and energy to the frequently asked question “how can I be a stronger ally?” and for whites it provides six insights in allyship.
Talking about Race: an article exploring how to raise anti-racist children.
Let’s Talk: a book for educators working to build their own competency facilitating classroom conversations about critical topics like identity, discrimination and inequality.
40+ Books for AntiRacist Teachers: https://culturallyresponsiveleadership.com/antiracistbooks/?fbclid=IwAR0s24Badzd_dkGvXFr2Q5unq1ONSeQzXPZKjOyFDkmkMkEWuqz9f0fPHv0
Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race: https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resources: https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR2SWXQqpQhMraHj8o-KTR74k7jKc1woe37CRJnPIyWvdXyzVoa2hg3GQz8
WHAT TO LISTEN TO (PODCASTS)
Teaching Kids About Diversity, Equity, and Racial Equality
Video | Slides
Description: As the fall approaches, we are hoping to refine our lessons regarding equity, diversity, and racial equality. Our students are also eager to engage in discussion, and we need the tools to be able to respectfully guide and direct these important conversations. During this open format, panelists address questions posed through pre-submitted and chat room questions from attendees.
Panelists: Dr. Laymon Hicks, Dee Hankins, Rashaan Davis, James Layman and Andres Martin with facilitator Sandra Kurland.
About Race From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
Pod for the Cause (Leadership Conf on Civil & Human Rights) The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests, from singer/songwriter John Legend to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues. New episodes every Tuesday.
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’ How do we build a better world? One key way is by learning to raise our children with justice, mercy, and kindness. In Parenting Forward, Brandt equips Christian parents to model a way of following Jesus that has an outward focus, putting priority on loving others, avoiding judgment, and helping those in need. Parenting Forward shows how parents must work on dismantling their own racial, cultural, gender, economic, and religious biases in order to avoid passing them on to their children.
Fare of the Free Child Podcast Fare of the Free Child is a weekly-published podcast community centering Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color in liberatory living and learning practices. With a particular interest in unschooling and the Self-Directed Education movement, Akilah S. Richards and guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.
STUDENT VOICE AND ADVOCACY
Click above to read the full article featured in the August 2020 Edition of SCHOOL NEWS.
The WASC has a long history and well established role as an educational resource for Wisconsin’s student leaders. Educating, empowering and engaging students has been a priority for the WASC spanning the last 9 decades. In fact, the WASC is the only organization in the nation where students have equal representation to adults on its governing body.
All of our programs are designed to adhere to the following Leadership Standards:
- Self Awareness: student is aware of their strengths and weaknesses and utilizes this knowledge to reach their potential
- Character: student takes responsibility for personal actions and acts ethically (i.e. demonstrates honesty, fairness, integrity)
- Goal Setting: student understands and participates in the process of setting, achieving, and evaluating goals
- Organization: student works with groups to plan & implement organized projects
- Communication: student effectively uses various mediums to communicate.
- Diversity: student is knowledgeable and respectful of diverse groups and protected classes.
- Decision-Making: student understands the process for decision-making.
- Group Process: student understands how individual differences affect group processes.
- Citizenship: student understands ways to positively contribute to national and global communities.
- Conflict Resolution: student understands and utilizes strategies for resolving conflicts.
The WASC advocates for all students who want to use their voice and actions to make their schools safer and more inclusive. Connected and engaged students are a necessary piece to safe schools. It is our responsibility to work with our peers, teachers, administrators and community to create a positive and safe environment where we can learn, grow and thrive together. There is no single answer, action or policy – it requires all of us coming together, listening, caring and taking a variety of steps to create change. Here are a couple ideas to get you started. This is the time to: Listen. Learn. Lead.
Click on the following RESOURCES to help guide you and your schools on the journey of student voice and advocacy!
Students' Rights: Speech, Walk-outs, and Protests: studentrights2018 (1).pdf
What School Officials Can Do To Create Positive and Safe Environments: What Students and School Leaders Can Do.pdf
What Student Can Do to Create Positive and Safe Environments: WhatStudentsCanDo-PDF (1) 2.pdf
Wisconsin School News – A publication from the WI Association of School Boards – Click here to read the Student Voice Article WSBO 2018.pdf
Big Ideas Resource Folder
VALUABLE ON-LINE RESOURCES:
Click on the following RESOURCES to help guide you and your schools on the journey of student voice and advocacy!
Youth Empower Toolkit
#ENOUGH: National School Walkout
Students Must Move Beyond Social Media to Become Truly Engaged
Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice
5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice
Student Voice: The Key to Unlocking School Potential with Russ Quagilia
The Word on Voice by Russ Quagilia
Monthly Advisor Checklists and other valuable resources can be found in the MEMBERS ONLY CONTENT