social issues

Issues in Social Skills and Sex Education – Tom Miller

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Educator Tom Miller explains the delays in social development that can occur for children with vision impairments, and the impact to their later sexual development, in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind.

Addressing Issues of Sexuality with Students who are Visually Impaired – Jeff Migliozzi

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English teacher Jeff Migliozzi encourages introducing children early to concepts they will need to understand and master in adolescence and adulthood in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind. His six-part discussion explains the importance of giving children who are visually impaired the information they cannot observe on their own.

Is School Enough?

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Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out.

Fostering Youth Voice and Leadership | The Long View

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Youth organizing has been demonstrated to contribute to the social-emotional and academic development of young people, and fosters engagement in civic and community affairs. Organizing also increases young people’s sense of agency through the development of a structural analysis of problem they are facing. As Saa’un Bell, Strategy Director of Californians for Justice says, ‘Training young people to be organizers means training them with critical life skills. Organizing is about helping young people understand how they can contribute civically, and supporting them to advance racial justice.’

Grassroots Organizing: Creating and Sustaining a Vision for Great Public Schools | The Long View

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Grassroots organizing of parents and students in Oakland and around the country provides a vital counterbalance to the destabilizing influence of disinvestment and privatization on school systems and communities. Across the country, organizing is an essential tool for elevating the voices of low-income communities and communities of color in the conversation about public education. As Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA, says in The Long View, ‘The most important thing we have to learn is that the community can’t just leave decision-making up to the Board and the Superintendent. The public’s role is critical, and in order for the public to be heard, the public has to be organized.”

Teachers and Families: How to Support Transitioning Students

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In this video learn about Naima, a trans student in New York City and his mom Jeannine and how they support each other throughout Naima’s transition. Using First Person: Classroom video, discussion questions and teaching tips, understand the best practices when it comes to supporting your LGBTQ students and their families.

For more resources like this, see the rest of the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection.

LGBTQ Allies and Advocates

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In this video from First Person: Classroom, Naima and Jeannine talk about the how to be an effective ally and advocate for transitioning students. Using video, discussion questions and teaching tips, learn why being an ally for LGBTQ students—even if you’re not perfect--helps to make you a better ally for all students. Just do your best to show up!

For more resources like this, see the rest of the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection.

Gender Identity vs. Sexual Orientation

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Jeannine, a mom and educator, talks about the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity and what it means to be cisgender. Using First Person: Classroom video, discussion questions and teaching tips, learn why knowing this information can help you be a better ally for LGBTQ students.

For more resources like this, see the rest of the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection.

Helping Children after Trauma | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

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William Kellibrew at age 10 witnessed the murders of his mother and brother in 1984. After years of therapy, he became a victim advocate, helping others who have experienced trauma. He spoke as part of the 2017 IdeaFestival in Louisville, Ky.

Being You

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From big name CEOs to athletes, authors to scientists, to the capable and accomplished individuals you interact with on a daily basis, all sorts of people have learning and attention issues. They’re not only coping, but thriving—and many credit their learning and attention issues as the driving force that shaped their success.

That’s why Roadtrip Nation, Understood.org, and the Oak Foundation have partnered to send three young people with learning and attention issues on a road trip across the country to interview professionals with their own learning and attention issues who have persevered through challenge to create fulfilling careers.

Use with the Being You viewing guide for activities, discussion questions, and resources. 

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