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SEPTEMBER 2011 :: Prisons issue and Back-to-School  

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”—Nikos Kazantzakis

Dear Educators,

Welcome back to school!

Why the new newsletter look? “So many choices, so little time,” was what we heard. You’ll still get plenty of rich content in this easy-to-read format.

In this newsletter, we spotlight resources from YES! Magazine’s “Beyond Prisons” issue and the fresh, forward-thinking nonprofit education group IDEA. Plus, your students can compare their cafeteria food to typical jail cuisine.

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YOUR STORIES  

Brendan and Petra in pineapple costume Tales of a Beginning Teacher

Brendan Clarke   |   Sep 27, 2011

On his first day of teaching, Brendan Clarke entered his southwest Chicago classroom wanting to teach kids to create rather than imitate, to break the line, rather than stand in line. Two years later, Brendan left to study permaculture and regenerative community design. This is Brendan’s story.    READ MORE »



YES! RECOMMENDS  

IDEA logo IDEA

Our planet’s future depends on creative thinkers and bold leaders.

IDEA wants to transform schools into more exciting and relevant places to learn—places that nurture caring, problem-solving students. Its approach? Showcasing what works and equipping others to learn from it.

Explore IDEA’s resources—an Eduvation library stocked with lesson plans, a survey gauging how democratic your school is, digital storytelling, and more.
   MORE ABOUT IDEA »



YES! CLASSROOM TOOLS  

Just the facts from issue #58, chart 4 Just the Facts: It's a Locking-People-Up Problem

Robert Mellinger, Doug Pibel   |   May 12, 2011

Share these graphs with your students to help them understand why America ranks #1 in the world for number of incarcerated people.    MORE »



Yes Men Glasses 5 Protests That Shook the World (With Laughter)

The Yes Men   |   Jul 12, 2011

Your students have heard of flash mobs and peaceful marches. What about “laughtivism”? Discover how humor can change public opinion.    MORE »



CURRICULUM & RESOURCES  

The Innocence Project logo The Innocence Project

How do innocent people end up in prison? The Innocence Project—dedicated to freeing wrongfully convicted people—helps your students know the cases, understand the causes, and see how to change the system.    VISIT THEIR SITE »



Food tray infographic Food Tray Smackdown

How does your school cafeteria lunch compare to typical prison food? Find out with this clever infographic.    VISIT THEIR SITE »



YES! WEBPICK  

Zoe Weil thumbnail mug The World Becomes What You Teach

Institute for Humane Education co-founder Zoe Weil says we could solve global problems if we prepare students to be “solutionaries”—not just the next generation’s workforce.    MORE »



WORDS THAT INSPIRE  

Ronald Jones headshot “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

~Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from Birmingham jail   |   Apr 16, 1963

Photo by Taryn Simon and The Innocence Project, from The Innocents, Umbrage Editions.

View the photo essay of The Innocents, and check out an activity to help your students explore—and confront—injustice in their everyday lives.
   MORE »



VISUAL LEARNING  

Out of Many, One
E Pluribus Unum, Chris Jordan

Ask these three questions about this photo so you and your students can understand the image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not): What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What next? ”   MORE »
E Pluribus Unum, Chris Jordan




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