CEA Advisor: December 2017 - January 2018

DECEMBER 17 - JANUARY 18 CEA ADVISOR 17 TEACHER-RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 25th Annual True Colors Conference March 16 and 17, 2018 • UConn, Storrs True Colors’ 25th Anniversary Conference on the unique concerns of LGBTQ+ youth in school, in child welfare, and in the community will be held on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the University of Connecticut. This year’s theme is Then, Now, and Next . More than 250 workshops are available on a variety of topics, and participants can earn continuing education units in a number of disciplines. Early-bird adult registration (from December to early February) is $95 for both days or $85 for one. Visit ourtruecolors.org for more information. True Colors works to create a world where youth of all genders and orientations are valued and affirmed. Programs include one-on-one and group mentoring; school-based youth advocacy and leadership development; the production of the largest LGBTQ+ youth conference in the country; professional cultural competency training; and the management of a statewide task force focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in out-of-home care. For more information about the conference and other True Colors programs, go to ourtruecolors.org . 2017-2018 CEA HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS AWARDS HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS (HCR) WORKSHOPS HCR workshops are offered to CEA members free of charge. If you are interested in having your local Association host one of these two-hour workshops presented by CEA’s Robyn Kaplan-Cho, contact your local Association president or CEA UniServ Representative for more information. Mythbusters: Understanding your legal rights and responsibilities in the special education process This workshop focuses on the laws of special education with a particular emphasis on regular and special education teachers’ rights and responsibilities when participating in the special education process. Participants will learn what the law requires of them as well as what they can and cannot do in such areas as PPT meetings, drafting IEPs, and accommodating students in the regular education environment. The impact of special education laws on teachers’ working conditions will be integrated throughout the workshop. Section 504: An emerging issue for educators Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is receiving increased attention in schools, and many more teachers are working daily with 504 students than ever before. This workshop will • Provide an overview of the civil rights law, including the 2008 changes • Review its procedural requirements (with an emphasis on the eligibility process) and relationship to the IDEA • Examine its applicability to such timely issues as ADHD, field trips, and allergies Celebrate excellence: Nominate your colleagues Why do we celebrate excellence? Educators live in a world filled with challenges and threats to their profession and their schools. In spite of these challenges, they—along with other individuals and organizations—find innovative ways to support students and public education. CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards acknowledge these dedicated and diverse men and women for advancing human and civil rights and for standing up for their students and public schools. Honor an individual with a nomination for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award. Visit cea.org/about/grants-awards/hcr for details. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2018. Young Adult Fiction House Arrest Timothy is on probation. It’s a strange word—something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. By turns touching and funny, and always original, House Arrest is a middle-grade novel in verse about one boy’s path to redemption as he navigates life with a sick brother, a grieving mother, and one tough probation officer. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® INSTITUTE The Anti-Defamation League provides educational programs, training, and resources for grades K-12. Its anti-bias and bullying prevention programs assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. ADL offers two high school assembly programs—Names Can Really Hurt Us and The Truth About Hate—and a middle school assembly program, Step Up. It also offers professional development for educators and Becoming an Ally workshops for students. Free online resources include • Current Events Classroom Lesson Plans • Books Matter: Children’s Literature • Table Talk Family Conversations • Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Resource • Online Course on Bullying • Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Education Program See adl.org/education-and-resources/resources-for-educators-parents-families . Speak Truth to Power’s Human Rights Defenders Curriculum Speak Truth to Power (STTP), a division of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, uses the stories of human rights defenders in an innovative manner, teaching students that they, too, can learn to self-identify as human rights defenders and have a role to play in the global fight for justice. STTP provides lessons and programming to assist teachers in the teaching of human rights and focus on the work of defenders—living individuals whose work embodies the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The STTP lessons are designed for students of all levels, from elementary to high school, and they range in content. There are lessons on the right to education, highlighting Malala, and on worker rights, centering on local defenders such as Librada Paz. Beyond the lessons, STTP offers additional resources to engage students, including a video project through the Tribeca Film Festival and a musical composition contest through the Grammys. There is also a play titled Voices from Beyond the Dark , which allows students to engage in the content through yet a different lens. STTP offers interactive and engaging workshops that allow teachers to explore new resources and strategies for including human rights in their curriculum. Speak Truth to Power evolved from the book of the same name written by Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, and president of RFK Human Rights. “Everything we do is geared toward realizing the legacy of Robert Kennedy,” said John Heffernan, executive director of Speak Truth to Power. “It’s about creating a citizenry dedicated to holding society to the highest standard of equality and justice. It’s about abandoning the role of bystander when it comes to human rights abuses.”