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Celebrating Black History Month 
Vol. 3: Issue 4 -  February 23, 2021

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
- Maya Angelou
The San Mateo County Office of Education shares curated resources for teachers, students, and familes. Read more here.
For Educators and Families
Celebrating Our Stories
Sharing Our Stories is a special initiative of the San Mateo County Office of Education to highlight the diverse and rich education community in San Mateo County. We will continue to add videos - Our Stories - with the hope of connecting to our lived history, promoting greater understanding, empowering our youth, and creating a more equitable education system in the county. Learn more here.

Teach students about the March on Washington 

Learn history through oral story telling of first hand experiences.

Through text and video clips, this article narrates the events of the march on Washington through the voices of those who participated that day. Interview clips include the voices of John Lewis, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Julian 
Bond. Read more and watch short video interviews here.
 

Talk, Listen, and Act 

Teach young students how they can speak out against racism.
PBS's popular children's character, Arthur, seeks help from his friend and their teacher in processing how to confront and act against racism. This short video describes what young students can do to become anti-racists. Support materials for teachers are also included. Watch the video here.

Combine Literacy, Making, and Social-Emotional Skills with Reading Comprehension

Literacy in the making - where hearts, minds, and hands meet.
When students are engaged in a story, they are motivated to understand what is happening. We choose theme-based stories for our Literacy in the Making activities that will not only spark student interest but also provide a platform for students to engage deeply with the ideas in the text.
Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Family
The National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) is a membership association solely focused on family engagement as an essential strategy for improving children’s learning and advancing equity, from ages 0-22. 
Activities and Resources for families:
  • Engaging families during Black History Month: FamilyEducation: children’s books celebrating black leaders and history, activities, movies
Upcoming workshops:
Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism 
PBS Kids provides a family resource for holding conversations with your child.
It’s never too early to start having conversation with your children about fairness, equity, and injustice. Use this discussion guide to find suggested questions and conversation starters. To download your guide and to learn more, click here.

Additional Resources for Teachers to Celebrate Black History Month

Click on any of the titles below to read more:
Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
Make Meaning with the Arts
What supports you as you navigate these turbulent times? Try picking up an art practice.
“Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. We are born makers, and creativity is the ultimate act of integration—it is how we fold our experiences into our being. Over the course of my career, the question I’ve been asked more than any other is, 'How do I take what I’m learning about myself and actually change how I’m living?' . . . I’ve come to believe that creativity is the mechanism that allows learning to seep into our being and become practice.”  - Brené Brown 
Professional Development Opportunities

English Learner Roadmap Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators

The English Learner Roadmap teacher workshop series, to be held from January to April 2021, will focus on classroom practices, teaching and learning, and specific instructional strategies aligned with the California English Learner Roadmap. Learn more and register here.

The English Learner Roadmap for Administrators strand includes five modules to be held from February to May 2021. The modules provide a solid and comprehensive learning and support structure to prepare administrators to lead the implementation of research-based, assets-oriented programs and services for English Learners. Learn more and register here.

For a full list of all workshops available click here.

Developing Digital Pedagogies

The goal of the Developing Digital Pedagogies professional learning experience is to guide educators in the creation of learning environments that promote transdisciplinary thinking and utilize technologies in ways that support student creativity and problem solving. Held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in March from 4-6:30 p.m. The San Mateo County Office of Education is working in partnership with the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) and the Makery at Stanford's GSE to facilitate this professional learning experience. To learn more and to register, click here.

Creativity and Art

Creativity Residencies are open to all PreK-12 educators and are designed to spur your creativity. The next two workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 24, and Wednesday, March 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each meeting will have a different focus and requires registration. Learn more here.

Community Announcements

First Annual San Mateo County Solutionary Fair

Spotlight student action in solving community dilemmas.
The San Mateo County Solutionary Fair is a showcase of student solutions to local and global problems. It highlights K-12 student leaders who have identified inhumane, unsustainable systems and developed solutions that are healthy for people, animals, and the environment. An information session will be held on February 25, 2021, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Volunteer Judges Needed for the 2021 STEM Fair

For All K-12 educators and community members.
The 2021 SMCOE STEM Fair is looking for judges to review students’ STEM Fair projects during the week of March 15th and interview STEM Fair participants on either Saturday, March 20, or Sunday, March 21, depending on grade and category assigned. Judges must be comfortable assessing student projects in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, environmental studies, behavioral sciences, engineering, material sciences. Learn more and sign up here.
We Are Here to Support You

San Mateo County Office of Education Content-Specific Newsletters

Providing the County of San Mateo with resources, news, and the latest workshops.
Monthly and quarterly newsletters that inspire and support instruction: 
ELSI Broadcast, HumanitiesMath Extra!
Kim Bambao
Mathematics
kbambao@smcoe.org
Michelle Holdt
Arts and Restorative Learning
mholdt@smcoe.org
Tina Nelson
Library Services
tnelson@smcoe.org
Gwenn Lei
ELA & History/Social Studies
glei@smcoe.org
Gracie Hough
English Learner Support Services
ghough@smcoe.org
Erica Ng
English Learner Support Services
eng@smcoe.org
Doron Markus
Science, Engineering & Health
dmarkus@smcoe.org
Sandra Velásquez
Technology and Innovation
svelasquez@smcoe.org
Jared Prolo
Executive Director, CIS
jprolo@smcoe.org
Andra Yeghoian
Environmental Literacy
ayeghoian@smcoe.org
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