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How Times Have Changed: Technology in the Classroom

  In 2001 Larry Cuban wrote Oversold and Underused (978-6674011090). The book acknowledged teachers not having the power to use technological resources to teach and empower their students. Teachers were mostly told what curriculum was acceptable and had to follow strict guidelines for computer usage. Dr. Cuban would go on to do more research in this area and the area of reforming curriculum throughout the school systems. His articles span the k-15 level inclusive of special education. In the magazine The Journal (vol. 34, no. 6) printed in June 2007, the article on how to keep the cords and wires neat in the classroom setting caught my attention    The entire volume was devoted to technology in the classroom that was relevant at the time. There were articles on computers, in the classroom as well as how to use an interactive whiteboard. We have gone past cords and wires. We are no longer fascinated by whiteboards.   We have promoted to Chromebooks and laptops. We had a change in 2
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Words of Inspiration

 Two of our STEP Committee members have recently had the honor of sharing inspirations to kick off our 2019-2020 DKG California Celebration and our 2021 Winter Leadership Planning Session. We wanted to share their inspiring words with you here. 2021 Winter Leadership Inspiration, written by Gloria Brown Brooks THERE ARE SO MANY BRIDGES TO CROSS I believe in the majority of the premises our country was built upon although many of them did not apply to me as a woman of color.  I know that there are bridges now connecting our rights to the original premises. America is making the connections, crossing bridges to help its citizens understand the beauty and worth of our country. We are available to make 2021 one of the best years.  WE HAVE TO HELP EACH OTHER. Starting now we can achieve the power-filled, equity based understanding to make 2021 better, for teachers, students, families and communities. CROSS THOSE BRIDGES!!! 2020 DKG California Celebration, written by Lisa Mac Kenzie, Iota Om

Microagressions

Sometimes the little comments and snubs made in class can stunt a student's educational progress. The comments, looks, or snubs could be characterized as microaggressions. Sometimes they are totally unintentional, like calling a student by another name, OR Calling upon the Asian students in Mathematics class when no one answers a question. Another example of microagression takes us to educator talk online or in the common area. Many educators are prejudiced against a look, how students dress, a behavior and how students express themselves in class. Many of the above behaviors are meant to be harmless, let us become more aware of how we react and interact. Here are some references for further study; BUILD AN ANTIRACIST TOOLBOX https://www.ibramxkendi.com Ibram X. Kendi #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Named to Time 100’s Most Influential People of 2020. New Book ~ Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 See Books → www.ibramxkendi.com https://www.t

Social Justice Presentations 2

The DKG California STEP committee has created 3 more social justice presentations for your enjoyment, reflection and personal/professional development. These presentations can be used by individuals or groups or even for chapter programs.  Please read the following descriptions to learn what each presentation has to offer: How To Be an Antiracist Ally View this presentation to learn what you can do to be an antiracist ally. Are you unsure about what is entailed with being an antiracist and/or ally? This presentation will help to clarify the terms as well as give you ideas of actions you can take.  Racism This presentation answers the question: What is racism? It also explains how race is a socially constructed concept rather than biological fact. It encourages you to consider the role of race and racism in your life.  Teaching With the Social Justice Standards This presentation provides information about what the social justice standards are and where you can find them in addition to o

Social Justice Presentations

The DKG California STEP committee has been working hard this summer to create our first set of social justice presentations. These are meant to be used by individuals for their own personal growth or by groups of people who want to learn and explore these topics together.  If you are a DKG member, each of these presentations could be used for a chapter program.  In the future we will be creating more presentations on the topics of: Equity and Equality, Teaching Using the Social Justice Standards, The Digital Divide, the Academic Achievement Gap and more. When new presentations are created they will be shared via this blog.  You may want to explore the presentations in this order, but please feel free to watch them in any order which makes sense to you: Love and Inclusion Explore the concepts of love, diversity, inclusion, acceptance and empathy. This presentation offers lots of chances for reflection and/or discussion.  You can view the presentation here.  Unconscious and Implicit Bias

Resources For Teaching For Racial Justice

We are all watching the demonstrations happening right now in response to the many years of discrimination and oppression of people of color and wondering what we can do as educators to help ensure that our society does better moving forward. As educators we have the power and the ability to be part of the solution. There are many resources available that can help guide us on that journey. We hope that the books,websites and resources below will empower you to help make the change that is needed right now.  We must also acknowledge that every teacher comes to issues of race differently based on their own experiences and identity/ies. White educators have a special responsibility to increase their own understanding and to listen when they are fortunate enough to hear about the experiences of their colleagues of color. However, we must ensure that the burden of informing others about the history and experience of racism does not rest on the shoulders of our colleagues and fr

Resources for Teachers and Families During School Shut Downs

We are all working on figuring out how to address learning and support our students and families during the school shut downs. As the shut downs happened so rapidly and unexpectedly it has left many of us wondering how best to do this. The DKG California STEP team has compiled a list of resources that we are hoping will be helpful to you and your students as you navigate these challenging times. In addition to the list of resources below we have two ideas for your consideration: Online Read Aloud Record and post an online read aloud for your students. Read aloud is a favorite time of day for both teachers and students. Watching you do an online read aloud can be a real comfort for your students and is a wonderful way to stay connected with your class while you are not able meet face to face. Also, this is a great opportunity for you to model for the parents how to use questioning to support and check for comprehension. ****If you are able to record and post your video privately s