On September 8th, we celebrated International Literacy Day. This day was founded in 1966 to keep the importance of literacy in the forefront of local communities. Tremendous progress has been made in the years since, however, illiteracy remains a world issue. This month serves as a reminder to encourage our youth to pick up a good book and explore new worlds.
Some easy ways to celebrate this day are:
- Donate books to local classrooms
- Gift a book to someone
- Start a community “Free Little Library”
- Check out these 27 Literacy Activities that work for K-12
Beginning September 15th, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This month celebrates the achievements of famous Hispanic Americans, along with everyday people and families. It is an opportunity to celebrate Latino culture in school and at home.
- The Library of Congress has many resources that teachers can utilize in their classrooms.
- Expose students to all kinds of Spanish music by playing it over you PA system. Here’s a playlist for ideas.
- Decorate the hallways with flags from Hispanic countries. Students can color their own here.
- Set up a Domino table in a common area with simple play instructions. Have fun!
- Explore the minds of famous Latinos by printing out their quotes and displaying at your school for all to see.
Have you heard about reimaginED?
Step Up for Students has a blog called reimaginED that examines and reports on how expanded education choice options are transforming K-12 education in Florida and the nation.
How many times have you wished for more adults in the classroom with you? Arizona State University’s new teacher education program is designed to do just that! It’s team teaching reinvented, and you can read about in on our reimaginED blog. Here’s a peek: “Each team shares about 150 students and is comprised of at least three certified teachers and a lead teacher, who both instructs and manages the classroom. Other educators join the core depending on students’ needs. Their roles include special educators, teachers of English language learners, teacher candidates who are completing residencies, and paraeducators… Instruction incorporates project- and inquiry-based learning to allow students to learn more deeply. Teachers are joined by community partners who also serve as team members. Gone is the traditional bell schedule.”
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