Climate Change Crisis
Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) – The CTUF Quest Center is in partnership with ACE and has secured a FREE 1-year subscription for our members. Our Climate Our Future. (This is a $60 annual subscription normally.) ACE created a coupon code that CTU teachers can use: CTUF3JAN2018. (That’s the date access will expire next year.) To access, create an account here. On the next page, choose the 1-year subscription from the drop-down menu. On the following page, enter the coupon code (CTUF3JAN2018). You’ll be prompted for your billing address, but there’s no charge. Once you’re on the site, there are several videos that specifically address climate justice and climate impacts. Look through the U.S. Impacts page at the video and trivia content there, including a video specifically about climate justice. In the For Teachers section, there are additional resources, including a discussion guide, to talk about climate justice issues, as well as a series of science reports and worksheets on topics such as black carbon.
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/years-of-living-dangerously/ – This is the National Geographic series on the human impacts of climate change. This is powerful, and there is a segment that hits close to home. They feature some work being done on coal plants in the Chicago/Waukegan area. Also, see the following link for a segment that was done on Chicago Tonight on the aforementioned coal plant. – https://cleanpowerlakecounty.org/2016/04/11/chicago-tonight-spotlights-waukegan-coal-plant/
Climate Reality Project is an organization that helps to spread the truth about climate change and why it is a crisis. They provide an action kit to combat climate change. Also, they have been known to provide presentations much like the Inconvenient Truth documentary that Al Gore out together.
And below are some articles on climate change and what it means for the poorest people on the planet.
Race and Racism
The following four links are reading materials for teachers, PSRPs, and clinicians who want to learn more about how to confront racism and have meaningful conversations about race and racism with colleagues and students. Within the reading materials themselves, there are a plethora of links to additional readings, resources, and activities.
The link below takes you to an article about some of the myths associated with immigrants. While this article was written in 2011, it has been updated to reflect the misconceptions that are still running rampant today. Some of those misunderstandings are that most immigrants are here illegally, that immigrants take jobs from Americans, and that immigrants are criminals. As is the case with most Teaching Tolerance articles, there are other links to click that will provide further insight on the topic of immigration.
The link below takes you to AFT’s Share My Lesson on Bullying and LGBTQ Youth. It is well documented that students that identify as LGBTQ are substantially more bullied than other young people. It is also a documented fact that the rates of suicide are far greater for this population of youth. The information found herein will help teachers build, along with their students, a safe space for all students. The resources are designed to aid and assist educators in teaching all students about LGBTQ issues and creating a teaching and learning environment that is inclusive.
The first link below takes you to a site that analyzes archival materials related to the birth of the Women’s Rights movement. Through analysis of these primary sources, students in grades 9-12 can begin to appreciate the deeply entrenched opposition our foremothers faced. The second link takes you to the Human Rights Watch page that focuses on women’s rights across the planet. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground.
How to have Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
To help you facilitate discussion about much of what is above and to learn more about how to have difficult but productive conversations in the classroom, please visit the link below: