What We're Reading This Week: March 9, 2018

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

These Baltimore Students Aren't Afraid of Mass Shootings. They're Facing Gun Violence in Their Everyday Lives.

The Baltimore Sun

"In a city where bullets pop almost everywhere else—when they're walking home from school, riding a city bus, hanging out with friends, sitting on their porches, even just taking out the trash—their alternative public high school, with its brick walls and metal detector at the door, is one of the only places they feel safe."


Puerto Rico Schools Seek Emotional Healing for Students, Teachers

Education Week

"The Puerto Rican government's efforts to rebuild and remake its educational system will take years. But so will a complex and in some ways more fraught battle for the U.S. territory's children and educators: helping them cope with trauma and meeting their emotional needs."


How Empowering Girls to Confront Conflict and Buck Perfection Helps Their Well-Being


"[Girls Leadership CEO Simone Marean] says it's crucial that adults start helping young girls to engage in productive conflict, acknowledge and grow from mistakes, develop emotional intelligence and take responsibility for the role they each play in social situations. While these are concerns for many parents, educators can also help girls develop skills to cope with these modern problems—and doing so could help with academics, too."


The Power to Change the World: A Teaching Unit on Student Activism in History and Today

The New York Times

"How much of a difference can young people make in addressing the problems our society faces? … In this unit, students consider these questions as they examine gun-violence activism by teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They can then go further by learning about youth movements in history, and, finally, considering actions they might take around the issues they care about."


More Than Half of Transgender Teachers Surveyed Tell NPR They Are Harassed at Work


"For many trans teachers, coming out carries risks. The National Center for Transgender Equality lists only 15 states that explicitly prohibit, by law, discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Most of our respondents reported some form of workplace discrimination or harassment, whether from the administration,

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