This Week's News
For guidance on how to talk with students about mass shootings, you may want to read SAMHSA’s “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers.”
A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a northern Miami suburb, killed 17 people on February 14 in the fifth school shooting of 2018 resulting in casualties. Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student who had been expelled from Stoneman, was arrested soon after the shooting. He had legally purchased the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the assault. In a national address from the White House, President Donald Trump said he wanted America’s youth to know, “You are never alone, and you never will be.” He said he plans to explore how to better secure schools and to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”
February 15, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
California is home to more than 270,000 undocumented students enrolled in public school, the largest number in the country. Anxiety levels of undocumented young people are growing due to the Trump administration’s promise to crack down on illegal immigration. In September, Trump announced that he would end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) protections this March unless Congress could come up with legislation he could stand behind.
A growing number of California educators are receiving training to become advocates for undocumented students. The aim is to provide resources, including the steps necessary to graduate high school, financial aid information and counseling.
February 5, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held each year as a way to remember the killing of 6 million Jews and millions of others during World War II. Holocaust survivor Reva Kibort tells the story of when German soldiers came to Warsaw, Poland. She was taken to a concentration camp at age 12, where her family was eventually killed. At a time when extreme right-wing groups, including anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim groups are on the rise, Kibort says, “We have to speak up. Wherever you see injustices at all, you have to speak up.”
January 29, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
On January 12, 2018 at midnight, the U.S. government officially shutdown after Congress and the Trump Administration failed to reach a deal that would keep it open. As the shutdown enters its third day, hundreds of thousands of government workers have been furloughed, or put on involuntary temporary leave. In 2013 when the government last shutdown, approximately 800,000 of the 2.1 million civilian federal employees were furloughed. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that protects undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, remains at the heart of the debate.
January 22, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
Warning: Today’s Daily News Story contains explicit language that lawmakers say President Donald Trump used at a meeting while discussing immigration. The text below reflects the latest updates in the story.
Senators from both parties announced that they have agreed on an immigration deal that would protect DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and strengthen border security between the U.S. and Mexico. President Donald Trump rejected the compromise, saying the proposal needed more work. The policy debate was overshadowed by vulgar remarks made by the President. Lawmakers attending the meeting said that President Trump asked why the U.S. should accept “all these people from sh*thole countries” in Africa, adding that the U.S should admit more people from places like Norway.
Trump’s statements were made regarding proposals for ending the current visa lottery program, which stands at 50,000 visas right now. Visas allow people to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. Currently, 25,000 visas are reserved for people with temporary protected status, which means they escaped natural disasters or extreme violence in their home countries.
January 12, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
A new program called Vision for Baltimore provides eye exams and two pairs of glasses free of charge to every K-8 student in Baltimore City who needs them. About 25 percent of students in Baltimore who need glasses do not have access to them due to their high cost and the high level of poverty in Baltimore. City health department officials, a nonprofit organization called Vision to Learn, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the eye wear retailer Warby Parker are working together to provide the exams, prescriptions, and fashionable glasses.
December 20, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.
Ask students to reflect on the meaning of empathy and kindness. In this daily news story, PBS NewsHour Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize. We recommend reading this Teachers’s Lounge piece, ‘Opinion: Don’t assume that every student had a fun or warm holiday break,’ out loud first. See our Support Materials below for classroom activity tips.