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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use in all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for college or a future career, anti-violence tools, ways to empower girls, character building, and more. Use these tools to coach, lead, teach, and mentor in your classroom and beyond.  

 

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Mapping the Road to College - Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

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Mapping the Road to College is an interactive tool for exploring college information based on 5th through 9th grade Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores and compared to median...more
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Mapping the Road to College is an interactive tool for exploring college information based on 5th through 9th grade Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores and compared to median ACT scores used for admission. Use the provided tools to select the date of last MAP testing, score range for reading and math, and state. The interactive map displays college profiles including on-track MAP scores, popular majors, and admission information. Click on different colleges to view their profiles and additional economic information.

tag(s): careers (145), college (49)

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Use Mapping the Road to College as a valuable tool for understanding and exploring college admission requirements. Share with middle school students to help understand the importance of standardized testing when applying to college. Older students will benefit from using the interactive to explore different colleges and universities from around the country and their academic profiles. Have students exchange a pen and paper organizer with Padlet, reviewed here, where they can make columns for comparing. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing information from their chosen college using a tool such as Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration.

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Manufacture Your Future - Discovery Education & Alcoa Foundation

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3 to 12
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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa...more
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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa plants featuring the use of robotics and the expertise of engineers and designers. Parent modules include information on facilitating conversations in careers at home. Lesson plans challenge students to design shoes, robots, and explore manufacturing careers.

tag(s): careers (145), design (87), engineering (132), STEM (197)

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Discover the many free resources on this site as part of career exploration lessons. View videos together, or have students view on their own. Take a virtual field trip to a manufacturing plant to learn more about design and the manufacturing process. Modify student learning and challenge them to create a simple infographic sharing information about manufacturing careers using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or redefine learning by having them create an multimedia, interactive poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here. You could also modify student learning by asking them to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a week in the life of an engineer or designer.
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Coaching Boys Into Men - Futures Without Violence

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4 to 12
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Coaching Boys Into Men is a prevention program for athletic coaches to teach young men healthy relationship skills and that violence doesn't equal strength. Tools include several downloads...more
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Coaching Boys Into Men is a prevention program for athletic coaches to teach young men healthy relationship skills and that violence doesn't equal strength. Tools include several downloads such as posters and step by step lessons to integrate into weekly training sessions.

tag(s): bullying (51), mental health (27), school violence (14), sports (98)

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Share this program with your school's athletic coaches, physical education teachers, school counselors, and parents who coach athletic teams. Use the program locator to find nearby communities involved with the program. Invite a local coach to speak to young men in your school regarding healthy relationship skills. Extend student learning by having them create a newspaper featuring sports role models using a site such as Zinepal, reviewed here. On Zinepal, click "Start with a blank e-Book."
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ChatterHigh - Lee Taal

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9 to 12
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ChatterHigh is a tool designed for high school students to investigate and discover career and college opportunities. Each day students participate in a 10 minute quiz activity with...more
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ChatterHigh is a tool designed for high school students to investigate and discover career and college opportunities. Each day students participate in a 10 minute quiz activity with links to learning about different career programs. Students earn points through quiz answers to enter prize drawings.

tag(s): careers (145), college (49)

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Include ChatterHigh as part of any career exploration opportunity for students. This site was created in Canada, so many quizzes relate to Canadian sites; however, the information may be useful for many career searches. Use the information found on quizzes as the basis for students creating their own questions for career and college searches. After researching information, have students make a multimedia presentation to discuss with their peers what they discovered about a career path they may want to take. Replace traditional presentations by using LiveSlides, reviewed here, if you are starting the process of integrating technology into your classroom. LiveSlides is an easy tool to manage if you are familiar with PowerPoint or Keynote. If you and your students are more advanced with technology, redefine their learning with a tool such as Canva, reviewed here, for students to create a custom, multimedia poster, presentation, or flyer for the career path they are interested in pursuing.

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Who, Me? Biased? - New York Times

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5 to 12
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Explore bias through this series of videos from the New York Times. Using titles such as Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism, and Why We're Awkward, this series explores types ...more
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Explore bias through this series of videos from the New York Times. Using titles such as Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism, and Why We're Awkward, this series explores types of bias, how to address and change prejudices, and ways to address racism. Most videos run around 2 minutes in length, making them perfect for a short introduction to the topics addressed.
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tag(s): black history (58), bullying (51), civil rights (120), diversity (33), racism (17), tolerance (9)

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Share videos with students either with a projector, an interactive whiteboard, or use the link or embed codes on your class website to view at home. Have students view from home and improve learning using VideoAnt, reviewed here, where students can stop the video and ask questions about the parts where they need clarification on the video! Have cooperative learning groups enhance their learning by creating podcasts sharing their insight into biases and racism along with suggestions on ways to address each problem. Use a site such as podOmatic, reviewed here. Share this site with your school's counselor for use with ongoing lessons in tolerance and diversity.

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Ready. Set. Grad. - Washington Student Achievement Council

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6 to 12
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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide...more
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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide information to reach individual goals of college admission, vocational training, or certificate programs. Choose a grade level to learn more about steps to take along the way. Be sure also to check out content for finding financial aid as well as resources for parents and educators. Though this site focuses on Washington State colleges, most of the information will apply to any college and college applicant. Videos on the site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (145), college (49), financial aid (16)

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Middle school and high school teachers will want to create a link to this site on your class websites. Share with parents as an excellent resource for how students should prepare for college as early as 6th grade. Share this site with your school's guidance counselors for use when career planning with students. Ask students to explore this site then redefine their learning and prepare a plan that guides them toward their selected career goal. Use a tool like Scrumy, reviewed here, to create their plan. Next have students modify learning and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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FabFems - National Girls Collaborative

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FabFem encourages girls to find or become a role model in STEM careers. It is a national database of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Browse through...more
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FabFem encourages girls to find or become a role model in STEM careers. It is a national database of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Browse through resources including community highlights and upcoming events or "like" their Facebook page to stay current with the latest information. Find a role model using keyword filters, ethnicity, the field of work, age range, and more. Contact role models using the contact form, if desired, to ask questions or learn more about their careers. Create a new account and add yourself as a role model to serve as an inspiration to young women.

tag(s): careers (145), engineering (132), STEM (197), women (98)

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Use this site when researching science careers and scientists to be sure to give women their turn and to inspire another generation of female scientists. Challenge your students to learn more about famous present-day women in STEM careers and create their own interactive books about them. Have students modify their learning by using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more. Enhance student learning and have students create a personal timeline using Preceden, reviewed here, to map out career goals.

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Choose 2 Matter - Choose2Matter Inc.

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4 to 12
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Genius Matters: A Framework For Epic Transformation....more
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Choose2Matter invites people to discover that what they do matters and to take action on their dreams and passions. Download the free ebook Genius Matters: A Framework For Epic Transformation. Find the First 20 Days as a guide to students becoming mentors and role models in their community. See the Manifesto challenging students to acknowledge and use the gifts and strengths within them.
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tag(s): back to school (60), differentiation (49), mentoring (6), professional development (160)

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Share this site with students as an example of how they can learn to take power over their lives and recognize their strengths. After reading and discussing the manifesto, extend student learning by having students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles with their personal manifesto using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Genius Matters has two lessons that feature Thrively, which helps students discover and explore their passion. See the TeachersFirst review of Thrively, here.

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Mindset - Carol Dweck

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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information...more
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Mindset is the accompanying website to the book of the same name and offers guidance on achieving a growth mindset. Learn about How Mindset Affects Success with specific information for parents, teachers, and coaches. Other links allow you to Test Your Mindset; find out how to Change Your Mindset through four simple steps.
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tag(s): brain (66), professional development (160)

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Use information from this site to help change negative mindsets and promote growth mindsets. Share ideas with parents through your class website or newsletter. Take one of the four ideas for changing mindsets to use as a focus for a month at a time school-wide. Share information with peers during professional development sessions.

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SheHeroes - sheheroes.org

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2 to 10
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday...more
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SheHeroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls from ages 8-14 to dream big and pursue any interests regardless of gender. Articles feature well-known and everyday females that serve as inspiration for young girls. Choose the Features link to browse articles by categories such as engineering and sports. The video link offers several short videos of prominent women discussing how they have grown in their careers. Each includes a link to discussion questions for further exploration. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (145), women (98), womens suffrage (25)

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Use SheHeroes as part of your Career Day or career unit resources. Add a link on classroom computers for students (male and female) to explore on their own. Take advantage of the further discussion questions to encourage students to think about the obstacles faced by women in business and society. Ask a prominent local business woman to speak to your class and discuss obstacles she has faced and how she was able to overcome those issues. Although the site is dedicated to girls from ages 8-14, share with both boys and girls from ages 8 and up as part of any unit on gender inequalites.
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Keith Hughes Teaching Stuff YouTube Playlist - Keith Hughes

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K to 12
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Keith Hughes' playlist includes 27 videos geared toward new teachers containing practical advice and tips in an entertaining way. Titles include 5 Ways For Teachers to Chillax Students...more
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Keith Hughes' playlist includes 27 videos geared toward new teachers containing practical advice and tips in an entertaining way. Titles include 5 Ways For Teachers to Chillax Students on Test Day, Teaching Advice for Dummies, and The Art of the Lecture. Most videos run ten minutes or less making them easy to watch and share. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): back to school (60), mentoring (6), professional development (160), test prep (94)

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Include videos during back to school preparation and planning with other staff members. Share with your student teacher as an excellent repository of teaching advice. Use these videos as examples for creating your own videos to share with your teaching colleagues.

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People Skills Decoded - Balance Theme

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People Skills Decoded is your answer to communication building, confidence, and understanding people behavior. Find resources and articles about how to be more social, build self-confidence,...more
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People Skills Decoded is your answer to communication building, confidence, and understanding people behavior. Find resources and articles about how to be more social, build self-confidence, and understand communication. Sign up with your email to access the free presentation. Register for the newsletter to stay current with the latest blog posts.
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tag(s): psychology (64), social skills (22)

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Ever have the student who just does not understand or get along with others? People Skills Decoded is a resource for teachers and parents for helping students interact more successfully or build confidence. Whether addressing gifted students, autistic students, or low self-esteem students' needs, find ideas for discussion groups or individual work. Be sure to share this tool with your school counselor and give it to parents for ideas to practice with their child.
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Kids Work! - Know It All

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6 to 8
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This site offers an interactive look at three broad career fields: health care, the performing arts, and television production. Each field has activities, profiles of real people who...more
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This site offers an interactive look at three broad career fields: health care, the performing arts, and television production. Each field has activities, profiles of real people who work in the field, and an overview of the work environment. While it's certainly not a comprehensive career guidance site, it's engaging and will help students understand the possibilities for jobs within these fields.

tag(s): careers (145), medicine (67)

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Offer this site as part of your career guidance resources. Students can explore on their own, or they might work in teams to present a summary of each job field for their classmates. Set up as part of a learning center. Be sure to put a link to this interactive activity on your class web page for students to use at home.
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CYKE - CYKE

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K to 12
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health....more
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Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health. Discover techniques to manage outbursts and emotional meltdowns. Learn about signs that might warn you to seek further help. There is also in-depth information on a range of medical topics. Many conditions are included (ADHD, Bipolar, eating disorders, OCD, substance abuse, Tourette's, and more). Other specific topics include Bullying, Divorce, Sexual Abuse, Grief, Chronic Illness, and more. Also, find interactive stories and games for younger children to explore, at The Land of Cyke. Find videos, a newsletter to subscribe to, a forum for discussion, and more to help support you as your learn how to better help the students in your life.

tag(s): adhd (27), adolescence (12), behavior (44), bullying (51), emotions (38), preK (284)

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Be sure to post this on your website for parents to consult at home. Bookmark this site on your personal computer to use as reference for many emotional health topics, issues, and treatments. There are interactive games for you to use for quiet time activities or rewards (The Land of Cyke) in your Pre-K through 2nd grade classes. Use some of these activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector during class meeting while you are discussing some of these topics in your classroom (such as bullying). Share the site with parents and your school counselor.
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Do Something.org - Do Something.org Team

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7 to 12
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Do Something.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people take action to promote causes they care about and motivates them with realistic,...more
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Do Something.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people take action to promote causes they care about and motivates them with realistic, creative inspiration to create a culture of volunteerism. By tapping into the web, television, mobile devices, and popular media, DoSomething.org empowers and celebrates today's youth as the "Do Something" generation: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. Explore this site for ideas for starting your own project and browse the many causes and volunteer opportunities already in your own area and beyond. Help students discover ways to make a difference. The rules are simple: No Money, No Car, and No Adults permitted for putting your plans into action.

There are suggestions, resources, and support to empower young people and give them the energy to take action and make a difference. Whether their passion is to feed the homeless, end bullying, help even the playing field of educational inequalities, or many more needy causes, this website is chock full of easy to access information and strategies that encourage teenagers to decide for themselves how they can contribute their time and desire to make a difference.

tag(s): service projects (22)

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Do you believe that kids can change the world? What are you doing about that? If you have been thinking about involving your class in some type of community service, but need some direction, DoSomething.org is a phenomenal place to "shop" around for ideas. Perhaps you may want to start by showing the film, Pay It Forward, or with a writing prompt, "If you were given time in school to come up with one idea that could be put into action right now by people your age that would make this school or this community a better place, what would it be and how would you put your plan into action?" Have students share ideas in small groups, then introduce them to DoSomething.org by projecting it on your classroom whiteboard or projector, viewing some of the short videos, and using the power of the internet to empower them to act now. Challenge students to collect Internet resources for their cause using Wakelet, reviewed here, where they can add a cover image, background, and chose the layout they prefer. Next, have your students create an interactive simple infographic using Piktochart, reviewed here, to explain their ideas about their cause and how they would put their plan into action. Club advisers, school counselors, and teachers of gifted can use the empowering resources of this site to inspire students to ACT.
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Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas - icould.com

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6 to 12
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icould.com is a career exploration website, built with the look and feel of a social networking site. The interface is modern and will appeal to students who appreciate a multi-media...more
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icould.com is a career exploration website, built with the look and feel of a social networking site. The interface is modern and will appeal to students who appreciate a multi-media approach to learning things. There is a database of videos about various careers, a career survey (which requires registration and login to get the results), and a whole collection of stories about career exploration. You can also access podcasts about careers here, and post comments and read others' posts.

While the site may be useful as one of several career exploration sites out there, be aware that there are social networking aspects which involve user-generated posts and content; preview carefully before deciding whether to bookmark this site or recommend it to students.

tag(s): careers (145)

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Students who have questions about specific careers will find information here that could help them sort out their choices. Consider providing this link on your class website for students to explore. Guidance counselors should definitely save this site in their favorites to share with students unsure of what they could do with their futures.
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Crisis Management Institute Downloads - Cheri Lovre- Crisis Management Institute

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K to 12
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This collection of downloadable, printable pdfs for K-12 teachers covers a wide range of topics for managing crisis and traumatic experiences among children and teens. The Crisis Management...more
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This collection of downloadable, printable pdfs for K-12 teachers covers a wide range of topics for managing crisis and traumatic experiences among children and teens. The Crisis Management Institute provides fee-based training and support services for schools, but they offer these downloads for free, as long as users abide by copyright restrictions in printing them exactly as-is and NOT excerpting or adapting content. The downloads are written for different audiences: teachers, parents, administrators, and counselors, and cover many topics of school violence, terrorism, grief, trauma, suicide, school crisis management, Hurricane aftermath, helping displaced students, and more. There are several printables on 9/11 and handling the anniversaries of this traumatic day. The printable section is searchable, as well.

tag(s): school violence (14), terrorism (45)

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When you need this information you usually need it quickly, so all teachers and administrators will want to mark this resource in your favorites and tell your colleagues about it. Familiarize yourself with what is available here, then be sure to share the information with colleagues and parents when/if an incident throws your school into crisis.
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College Grazing - College Grazing

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9 to 12
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This site is another entry into the college search market. Designed to provide resources to prospective students, their parents, and their teachers or guidance counselors, the site...more
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This site is another entry into the college search market. Designed to provide resources to prospective students, their parents, and their teachers or guidance counselors, the site offers the usual links to financial aid information, advice on writing college essays and career guidance. Many of the links lead directly to resources developed by the US Department of Education or the US Department of Labor; reliable sources, but nothing new or innovative here. The fresh content here is a series of 13 short self-discovery quizzes that purport to help students sort out their feelings about college, and determine their relative readiness to attend. In keeping with the "grazing" theme (complete with cow logos and illustrations), these quizzes are called "munchings." It's kind of hokey, but it may be catchy enough to be effective. Once the student has completed all 13 "munchings," the site will generate a personalized report summarizing student responses. What is produced might generate interesting discussion among students or within families.

Using the site requires a log in (be sure to enable "cookies"). Log-in requires some personal information (first name, surname, email address, and description - if you are a student, parent, or teacher). Check with your administrator about allowing the students to register for this site using their own names. You may wish to set up a class registration instead of entering true data into the registration site. Another option is to create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

There is no charge for using the site, and advertising is very minimal and fairly unobtrusive. Parts of this website require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Completing the 13 "munchings" might make a good independent assignment for college bound students, followed by some sort of reflection essay. The tips for writing a good college application essay might also prove helpful in a writing class. We'll pretend we didn't think about what generally results when a cow digests its "munchings" and hope for a higher quality end product.
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