Social Justice Standards Workshop

We are pleased to announce that we now offer the Social Justice Standards Workshop created by Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance). This is a 4 hr professional development experience for classroom educators and out of school time professionals.

What are Social Justice Standards?

The Social Justice Standards are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of K–12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and
age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Standards provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use to guide
curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.

Divided into four domains—Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action (IDJA)—the Standards recognize that, in today’s diverse classrooms, students need knowledge and skills related to both prejudice reduction and collective action. Together, these domains represent a continuum of engagement in anti-bias, multicultural and social justice education.

How long is the workshop?

The workshop is four hours in duration.

What will be covered during the workshop?

The workshop addresses six topics:

  1. Introduction to the Vocabulary of Social Justice
  2. The Social Justice Standards
  3. Antibial Concepts Underpinning the Social Justice Standards
  4. Ideas for Implementation and Support Materials
  5. Creating a Social Justice Integration Plan
  6. Implementing your Integration Plan/Reflection

How can I schedule the workshop?

To request information on presenter qualifications and availability email kbonnell@infspec.com.

What is the cost of the workshop?

The cost of the workshop is $400 for up to 20 participants.

If you have a group larger that 20 please email kbonnell@infspec.com for a quote.

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Working with Teaching Artists

Pop Goes the Classroom programs are developed to be implemented by professional teaching artists. Teaching artists actively practice their art form outside of the learning environment. They are authors and artists, dancers and musicians. Teaching artists have mastered their art form and chose to give back to their field by fostering the next generation of arts patron and enthusiast. Opening the arts learning experience to everyone.

Our choice to use teaching artists is an important one. It informs our practice. It also informs our budget. We strive to balance the budgetary needs of the schools and community organizations we serve with the best practice recommendations put forth by the Arizona Commission on the Arts on teaching artist salary.

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Three Ways to Include the Arts in Your School

Including the arts in our daily learning routines is important to a well-rounded education. Arts experiences can be included into a school day in one of three ways – arts instruction, arts enhancement and arts integration.

Arts instruction can be in the areas of art, music, dance or drama. Each artistic discipline has its own unique set of arts standards that are addressed throughout the course of a given class. Culminating experiences in art instruction might include an art show, a concert, a dance recital or a dramatic performance.

Arts enhancement is when an artistic discipline is used to enhance learning in an academic content area but is not part of the assessment rubric. This might be teaching children a song to remember the continents or a guided drawing activity to support science learning.

Arts integration occurs when both the academic content and the arts content are equally emphasized and assessed. It requires a clear understanding of standards to be assessed in both content areas and includes a culminating project to highlight learning.

How do you teach the arts in your school?

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Starting Small in the 20’s

The philsophy of teaching equity and social justice to young children has existed for a very long time. I began presenting professional development using the Starting Small equity and justice materials in the late 90’s to preschool programs. These are topics that are always needed. Today probably more so than back then. So we are taking a few steps back to take many steps forward.

I’m using the same tried and true materials developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’ve now been adapted for primary educators acknowledging current events and needs. This retooling will provide teachers with powerful tools that can easily and immediately be implemented in any classroom.

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New Navigation Tabs

I see you’ve noticed the new navigation tabs. I’m getting many questions.

LXA

The League of Extraordinary Academics is what you might call our advisory council. This is the men and woman who have informed our practice.

YD Lab

The Youth Development Lab is where you will find the camps that pilot and refine Pop Goes the Classroom Curriculum Resources. We parnter with parks and recreation programs and school districts to offer clubs and camps that help us to refine the trainings we provide and the products we sell.

Training/TA

We offer educational consulting services in the form of professional development and coaching services. Here you will find our preservice and inservice trainings, our partner workshops and the site based professional learning communities and coaching services we offer.

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5 Ways to Bring Art + Activism to the Classroom

powered by XQ

“When I started to step into saying, ‘I am an artist,’ I started to understand my why.”
— artist-activist and XQ #Artivism Challenge host Brandan “BMike” Odums   

Art is a powerful way for students to explore their creativity, express their emotions, and learn about social issues. In fact, many youth activists across the nation have begun to use artivism—a blend of art and activism—to exercise their voice and choiceSince art is so important, how can we empower students through art? From sparking challenging conversations around critical social issues to developing creative solutions to address community needs, we’ll explore why arts education is crucial for student development.  Sound good? Give me five! 😉

Read about five ways you can bring artivism to your classroom here.



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Teaching Dr. Seuss to Older Students

The Dr. Seuss estate has removed several books from print. This has caused quite a bit of controversy. Here is an article written in 2019 that might guide discussion in the older classroom.

It’s Time to Talk About Dr. Seuss

by GABRIEL SMITH

In light of a new study revealing stereotyped characters across Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, published just before Read Across America Day, how can educators engage older students in a critical discussion of this canonical author?

To read more click here

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Pop Up Preschool Registration OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 School Year.

These are unprecedented times. As parents your juggling working from home and coordinating distance learning for your school-age children. It’s easy for the educational needs of your preschool age child to be overlooked.

You recognize that preparing for kindergarten is important; and you know that social distancing is important to slow the spead of the global pandemic. It’s why you’ve decided to home school your preschooler. And you want to get it right.

That’s why we created the Pop Up Preschool!

We know kindergarten preparation is a big deal. We’ve heard from Kindergarten teachers what a child needs to be successful in a structured kindergarten classroom. We know the skills and behaviors your child is going to need.

Under the direction of a master’s level certified early childhood educator, the Pop Up Preschool has been created to give you the resources necessary for you to successful prepare your child for kindergarten. We’ve combed the internet for the best early childhood resources content creator can provide. We’e curated it and built learning experiences around those resources.

Click here for more information and to register

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Pop Up Preschool is Now Available

Welcome to the Pop Up Preschool

Simply log on, choose an activity and follow the directions. Your child's work is then save it to an individual electronic portfolio. Simpley email us your request to join. kellyann@infspec.com

Posted by Pop Goes the Classroom on Monday, April 6, 2020

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Remote Instruction: Looking Back on this Past Week

On the educational front, last week was pretty crazy as educators across the country struggled to put together distance learning options for their kids, some of whom are too young to read. Recognizing the unique challenges the teachers of our youngest learners will be facing we immediately took steps to support primary school teachers.

Our first step was to begin curating youtube playlists. These are some of our favorite learning videos that are used in many classrooms across the county. Next we put together an online Primary (K-3) Professional Learning Community that will focus the next six weeks on remote instruction. As of Sunday night we have 59 K-3 classroom teachers in the group.

We are challenging these teachers to go beyond the motions of remote teaching to look at what their desired outcomes for the experience are and how much engagement they can realistically expect.

We are looking forward to gaining some important insights over the course of the next six weeks and we will most certainly share what we learn.

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