COVID 2022 Is it possible to overstate the impact this pandemic has had on children? Districts, communities, families, and individuals have struggled with changing guidelines and it seems that sometimes we’re forced to make them up on the spot. All-important rituals and routines have been disrupted in previously unimaginable ways, creating unpredictability and instability for our children. We acknowledge the struggle teachers and caregivers continue to experience and fervently hope this is the year we put Covid behind us and move forward with confidence.
Research tells us that reading aloud with children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading. SEEDS educators know that effectively reading aloud adds to that statement. We can pair Black History Month and the idea of effective read-alouds with counter-narratives to offer children a different perspective.
Last year, Equity Consultant and SEEDS Educator Rebecca Nathan sat down with Dr. Sandra Pulles and her partner Brad Pulles to talk about counter-narratives and how they use them to teach their own daughter, Serena. We’ve shortened the video to a 7-minute version but you can still find the full-length interview on our Youtube channel.
PERSONAL HISTORY IN MISSISSIPPI The last part of our interview with Program Specialist Tempestt Gilmore turned to Black History Month and what it means to her. We think you’ll find her family history to be both remarkable and inspiring.
Tempestt receiving special congratulations for completing her Master’s Degree!
BOOKS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND COUNTER NARRATIVES Our social media channels this month will spotlight books that focus on Black History and provide counter-narratives for children the whole year-round. Please share your favorites with us, too!
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