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February 2017 Newsletter :: 50 Solutions

Dear Educator,

In the wake of the recent election, have you found yourself wondering what can be done to keep moving toward a fairer world? The winter issue of YES! Magazine, “50 Solutions,” offers articles on doable solutions from activists, students, scientists, and ordinary can-do people like you. Learn about a local repair café for broken household goods, and five ways people are supporting immigrants—from goat farms to healthcare advocacy. You’ll also find 24 intriguing facts, including the percentage of Internet users who get their news on social media.

This newsletter also shares a story on how a teacher and her students learned what’s truly at stake at Standing Rock—and how they could support the water protectors there. In a “Resistance 101” lesson, students meet historic and current activists, and learn about their strategies that have brought real social change to our country. And, just for fun, watch a video of a teacher who greets each of his 17 students with a personalized “good morning” handshake.

Best,
Jing Fong
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Jing Fong
Education Outreach Manager
YES! Magazine
P.S. By March 3, be sure to register for the Spring 2017 YES! National Student Writing Competition. It’s on gender pronouns. Students will reflect on how they feel about the expanding list of gender pronouns in a world that is no longer just “he-she.”

Your Stories

Your Stories
When students in Carah Reed’s Ethnic Studies class realized that the mass media wasn’t sharing the truth about protests at Standing Rock, they dug deeper to learn more. These inner-city high schoolers shared their findings on social media and took action to support the water protectors. This is Carah’s story. More »

Curriculum and Resources

Curriculum and Resources
Young people across the country are pouring into the streets to protest for social justice. But to create real change, students need to know what comes next. “Resistance 101” introduces students to real-life activists and the strategies they’ve used to create a fairer world. More »
It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Science says that we are hardwired to be kind, but like any skill, kindness takes practice. Teach kindness and other social-emotional skills with these outstanding free resources, including an educator guide, from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. More »

YES! Classroom Tools

YES! Classroom Tools
While wandering around a store (or the Internet) do you or your students ever buy things you really don’t need? Artist and journalist Sarah Lazarovik’s colorful sketches offer creative ways to pause your impulse to buy that “shiny new thingamajig” and live more simply. More »
Wealth is what you own minus what you owe. Right? But who gets wealthy has a lot to do with race. This tell-it-like-it-is infographic lays out the steps by which wealth is built in America—and why most white families continue to stay steps ahead of everyone else, especially Black families. More »

YES! Webpick

YES! Webpick
What a great way to start the day! Barry White, Jr. has a unique and joyful way of greeting his fifth graders each morning. The personalized handshakes get his students pumped up and ready to learn—and show them how much their teacher cares about them. More »

Visual Learning Lesson

Visual Learning Lesson
Ask these three questions about this photo: What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What’s next? More »
“Hope has never trickled down, it has always sprung up.”
— Naomi Klein
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