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Teaching the foundations of American government and the democratic process is necessary for a more informed and engaged citizen and future voter. As part of the Civics for All initiative, this guide includes activities to support students in identifying important issues, learn how to contact government officials, and get involved in their communities.  

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This is a curated collection of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) resources.  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain supportive relationships.

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Each of us experienced adversity during the pandemic differently. After a period of absence from the school building, while continuing the arduous work of teaching and learning at home, you are returning to the school building for the first time. This return will require an adaptation to the routines established last semester.

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The Office of Teacher Development, in partnership with Dr. Bettina Love, proudly presents "Teaching to Thrive." These multi-modal professional learning tool kits provide resources for teachers to engage their students in creative, meaningful, and culturally responsive and sustaining learning. Tool Kit One focuses on assisting teachers in delivering social and emotional learning that is culturally responsive and sustaining. 

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Registered is intended for high school students. NYCDOE Civics for All and Social Studies team collaborated with Good Trouble Comics, a creative nonfiction team, to create Registered, a comic retelling of the passage of the 26th Amendment. 

 

 

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In this year of homecoming, we will transform our system through the integration of academic and social-emotional learning, and establish a new path to academic recovery and reimagining. We have the opportunity to transform our system in ways that welcome every student, staff, and family back, and confront the inequities that continue to exist in our system.  Here are our 2021-22 Instructional Principles.

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The Office of Teacher Development, in partnership with Dr. Bettina Love, proudly presents "Teaching to Thrive." ToolKit #2 provides resources for teachers and school leaders to examine approaching teaching and learning to help teachers and students understand and heal from the collective trauma of COVID-19. Specifically, the materials focus on Social Emotional Learning, SEL, and valuing Black lives. 

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Action Activists #2 tells the story of four significant moments in the activist history of New York City and is a part of the Civics for All initiative in collaboration with Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, the authors of the well-regarded and highly popular Action Presidents and Action Philosophers series to create Action Activists.

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The educator’s guide to “Born on the Water,” is for elementary through secondary levels.  Questions posed in the lesson plans, are not always specific to “Born on the Water” as it teaches students to think in ways that are generative and transferable. Teaching students to ask questions that they can ask of any text, including the text that is the world, empowers them to think deeply. 

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