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TTT 08.26.2020 How might we connect our youth this fall? We have some ideas, and we'd like to hear yours.

Author: Teachers Teaching Teachers

TTT is back. We invite you to join us as we gear up for an exciting fall together! Join us on Wednesday evening, August 26th at 9E/8C/7M/6P. We'll add a link to the Zoom call at

As we plan for our own students, we invite you to also plan with a "third eye," with some attention toward the teachers and students in the Youth Voices, NowComment, LRNG network. We invite you to stop and ask, "Okay, that's great for my students, but how could I work with others to create materials that are open and inviting for teachers and youth in other schools throughout the nation?"
We want to invite you to consider working with as much transparency and with your "third eye" focused toward community as much as possible. Going through these times together will make us all stronger!
Here are a few resources that we are proposing to prime the pump of curriculum sharing. We are a community where youth connect through conversations, and these resources are a way for us to do that. What other ideas do you have for ways we might connect? Join us on Wednesday evening August 26th at 9E/8C/7M/6P to discuss how to connect to these online resources:
  • Register your students on Youth Voices, NowComment, and LRNG. As soon as you have your class lists and their email addresses, click here to make a copy of this datasheet. All that is required on this sheet is your students' first names and their email addresses (columns B & C). I can fill in the rest. It takes a few hours for me to get you set up on all three platforms.
  • Start here. We organized a set of playlists into an English course that will "work out of the box." Of course, we invite you to add your flavor, but we would also suggest that these playlists are sturdy and tested activities created, used, and revised over the past few years by teachers in the National Writing Project. Jessica and I are going to start with this playlist because of how important it is to build community with our students AND (third eye) how exciting it will be if other teachers and students in our network also have their students introduce themselves.
  • Comments on a common text are a great way to connect youth both within our classrooms and across schools. Perhaps this text could be a place for us to start. We created documents for each of the five sections of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. There are recordings of the text and places for comments -- places for conversation between our students. Please consider how you might incorporate this text into your curriculum early this fall.

DMU Timestamp: August 14, 2020 20:51

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