June 4, 2023

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Remembering & Celebrating in June

June brings us many different celebrations, remembrances, and acknowledgments. This section focuses on four topics to share in your lessons: United Nations Public Service Day, World Refugee Day, Juneteenth, and Black Music Appreciation Month.

United Nations Public Service Day

Started in 2002, United Nations Public Service Day is a time to celebrate the value and virtue of public service in our communities. Peruse this list of service projects to get your students thinking about public service and volunteering.

Celebrate service »

World Refugee Day

Honor and celebrate the courage and strength of refugees forced to flee their home countries to escape conflict or persecution. Share this Reading Trek about the book “Refugee” with your students to deepen their understanding and compassion.

Explore the teacher guide & expansive map »

June is African American Music Appreciation Month

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, Black Music Appreciation Month celebrates African American musical influences that have become part our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. In honor of this celebration, don't miss this article about jazz!

Gain new ideas »


Juneteenth commemorates the final emancipation of enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. President Joe Biden first recognized this important day as a federal holiday in 2021. Use these resources to learn more about Juneteenth.

Discover resources for students of all ages »

This Week at TeachersFirst

Our Summer book study is now open for registration! The spring sessions of our OK2Ask virtual workshops have ended, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. View on-demand sessions to learn about Sway, timelines, podcasts, and more. We are also sharing a related blog post, two summer reading opportunities, and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Help every reader in your class succeed

Summer Book Study

Join us this summer as we read and discuss "Personalized Reading: Digital Strategies and Tools to Support All Learners" by Michelle Haiken! Our book study (July 10–August 18) will explore digital tools and instructional strategies to support all learners.

Register by June 19 »

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Find sessions that interest you

OK2Ask On-Demand

Did you miss an OK2Ask session this spring? Review our on-demand recordings any time. Check out workshops like “3 Cool Tools for Timelines,” “Daily 5 and CAFE with a Technology Twist,” “Playlists to Personalize Learning,” and more.

Follow along and learn a new skill or tool »

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Ideas for Finding and Documenting Service-Learning Projects

Finding service-learning projects that meet students’ interests benefits both the student and the community—short and long term. Read this blog post and learn ways to help students perform public service voluntarily or to fulfill school requirements.

Read about ideas and strategies for using service projects with your students »

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Read books and earn prizes


Discover Camp BOOK IT!, a summer home reading program where students in grades K–6 earn monthly rewards for achieving reading goals. After enrolling in the program, parents use the digital dashboard to track their student's reading progress.

Share this opportunity with your students and families »

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Find summer reading activities for all grades

Bookopolis Summer Reading Headquarters

Share this site that offers several reading activities for all grades with your students. Between Read-O Bingo games, the summer reading challenge to read ten books or 10,000 pages, and summer book clubs for students, this site has something for everyone!

Tell your families about these engaging reading options »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

Our weekly poll asks, “Which of the following do you find most helpful for professional learning?” Share your learning plans and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.

How do you learn best? »

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