Check out the latest issue of The Change Agent - Talking about Race
Race has shaped U.S. history, continues to shape current events, and shapes our lives and our students' lives. Yet it is a challenging topic to bring up (not to mention teach) in the classroom. If you're not sure race matters in your teaching or to your students, just listen to what they say about it in this issue.
The Voter Education, Registration, and Action (VERA) campaign of 2016 is a non-partisan effort designed for adult learners and program staff in the New England states. Its goal is to educate adults about voting, participatory democracy, and current election issues, and to mobilize them to vote in the 2016 elections.
On our VERA pages, access a host of teaching resources (including an upcoming online voter guide based on adult students' questions to the candidates), prepare students to register and participate in the election, and help us gather data that shows elected officials that adult students vote!
Although the election is months away, VERA offers activities that build background knowledge about the purpose and history of voting, develop media literacy, and help adults compare candidate platforms to their own beliefs. Right before election time, VERA programs are invited to join a regional mock election to practice the process and see how adult students' votes compare to the national results. Visit VERA to check out the resources and join us in practicing the art of democracy!
The Formative Assessment of Standards (FASt) Project
FASt is a professional development offering focused on building the capacity of instructors to create and use performance-based, CCR-aligned formative assessments to capture and build student understanding of their progress on the College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), ESOL, or Math. It is blended (online and in person), interactive professional development designed for 24 participants across New England.