This Week at DE: Week of November 22

Hi everyone! My name is Tess Henkel and I’m a content manager here at Discovery Education. We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, however you’re celebrating this week. 

Since iia holiday week, we wanted to keep this short and sweet but also make sure you knew about new content added to Discovery Education Experience. You can explore resources that highlight the evolving values, customs and new interpretations of this holiday in the Thanksgiving channel in Discovery Education Experience. 


Also, in honor of November being National Native American Heritage Month, we’ve curated

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Isn’t Here Yet, But Schools Need to Push Families to Vaccinate Now. Here’s How – Inside School Research

A vaccine against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be broadly available by late spring, and to some teachers in schools even sooner. But schools are already grappling with the problem of how to convince families to get their children immunized—not just against COVID-19, but other childhood diseases already at risk of dangerous outbreaks.

While the coronavirus pandemic has heightened schools’ focus on infection spread and containment, educators can take a key leadership role in preventing new outbreaks by encouraging existing childhood immunizations and laying the groundwork for a future COVID-19 vaccine.

Regularly scheduled childhood immunizations are down–way down–since the

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New York City schools closing because of rising covid-19 rates

In a separate announcement, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) became the first governor to announce a statewide school closure, saying that all public and private schools must close Nov. 23 and that all public universities must do the same. Middle and high schools are staying shut until Jan. 4, and only elementary schools in areas without soaring infections will be allowed to reopen Dec. 7.

The closings of the largest school district in the country and all Kentucky schools are serious setbacks for state and local officials who had struggled to reopen schools and their communities during the pandemic, and

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Celebrating the Winners of the 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge

Join Discovery Education for the second of a three-part blog series highlighting the outstanding student creators who earned a winning spot in Teaching with Testimony’s 2020 Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Explore the creative ways that this year’s winners harnessed the power of self-expression to recognize and counter hate, plus learn about the inspirations that motivated each student to speak out. 

Vaishnavi Murthy, 8th Grade
RJ Grey Junior High School | Acton, MA  

Art can be a very powerful and influential way to spread ideas.” 

Vaishnavi crafted a painting that says so

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Students to Biden: Include us in picking DeVos’s successor

This call is in the following post, written by Gabriella Staykova, a high school senior from Lexington, Ky., and a team member at Student Voice, a nonprofit organization led by high school and college students. It was founded in 2020 as weekly Twitter chats using #StuVoice and works in every state to advance student voice and educational equity in schools and communities across the country.

By Gabriella Staykova

As a public school student, as a queer person and as an American, I’m celebrating the impending exit of Betsy DeVos from the [Education] Department.

I no longer have to worry

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Teach Students to Build Confidence and Build Body Image with the Amazing Me Virtual Field Trip! 

Low self-esteem has been associated with a number of psychological, physical and social consequences. In this all-new, on-demand Virtual Field Trip (VFT) from Amazing Me, a program developed in partnership with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, students have the opportunity to explore how to be kinder to themselves and others.  

Educators play an important role in helping to engage students in critical discussions about body image and empowering them with the understanding that each of us is unique, beautiful and worth celebrating. The Amazing Me program features a complete guide developed with body image experts, to support educators in

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Building Better School Boards: 3 Strategies for District Leaders


Districts with strong, respectful, productive relationships between superintendents and school boards will handle new challenges well. Here are strategies for getting there.

There are few things more American than the local school board. But as anyone who sits on a school board—or is answerable to one—can attest, democracy at its smallest level tends to be a lot messier than even a gooey slice of Mom’s apple pie.

School boards are in charge of choosing curricula, managing schedules, and negotiating employee labor contracts. They have also become the translators and interpreters of mounting state and federal schooling requirements. And they

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Getting New School Board Members Up to Speed


One way to train newly elected school board members for the job ahead is to start before they even run for office.

When Julie Cole decided to run for school board, she did her homework.

For a year, Cole attended every Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Tex., school board meeting—and reviewed meeting agendas beforehand. During meetings, she sat near district administrators so she could lean over and ask questions about discussions and proposals she had trouble understanding.

“I just made it my mission to learn everything that I could learn,” said Cole, who is now the school board president for the 24,000-student north

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School Board Elections Don’t Get Much Attention. They Should

Even during a month when elections dominate the news, local school board elections get too little attention. While not all members of the nation’s 14,000 school boards are selected by voters in partisan or nonpartisan elections, most are. And these elections arguably embody democracy at its most grassroots level.

While they may not attract widespread media attention, school boards play a critical role in steering the progress of the nation’s schools. They choose curricula, set school-year calendars, and negotiate employee labor contracts. They hire, fire, and evaluate school superintendents and approve their goals and policies.

The more collaborative and productive

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