Big Kids, Episode 1: Creating Safe Environments

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Season 4, Episode 1: Creating Safe Environments

Season 4, Episode 1: Creating Safe Environments

Safety is foundational for engagement and learning. In this episode we’re focusing on ways to take practices you’re already implementing and stepping them up for school-age children, and offering new practices to consider that support children’s well being at all ages.

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Each Circle Time Magazine episode includes an educational video delivered in talk show format. Join us for Episode 1 to learn more about creating safe environments.

For 1-page activity plans and more information on creating anti-bias, anti-racist, and culturally responsive program enviorments download the print version or view the magazine online.

Dive into Books

Books for kids (read aloud):  

  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Spanish Edition: ¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú)
  • Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love  
  • Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie 

Chapter books for readers 9 years and older: 

  • George by Alex Gino. (Spanish: George Simplemente se tu mismo de Alex Gino)
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Books for grown-ups: 

  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations on Race by Dr. Beverly Tatum
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
  • We Want to do More Than Survive by Bettina Love
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. (Spanish: El cuerpo lleva la cuenta: Cerebro, mente y cuerpo en la superación del trauma)
  • You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools by Azure Savage

Two-Minute Tips

Two-Minute Tips are quick, simple professional development resources. Here are some Tips related to this episode. 

Helpful Resources—Episode 1: Creating Safe Environments

This website has a rich array of professional development materials and free lesson plans for K-12th grade, including the Garden of Kindness lesson plan we review in Episode 1. GLSEN advises on, advocates for, and researches comprehensive policies designed to protect LGBTQ students as well as students of marginalized identities. 

We acknowledge that we learn, live, and teach on the occupied lands of Indigenous people. Native peoples are still here. Acknowledging the histories and present contributions of Native peoples helps create a safe environment, especially for Native children. Use this interactive map to learn about Native peoples’ ancestral homeland that you now inhabit. Check out the Teacher Guide for ideas on how to share about Native cultures with children in your program, and look for ways to connect with Tribal community members.

Learning for Justice provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. This website includes free lesson plans, printable classroom posters, and film kits.

This website hosts “Ready to Go” lessons that have been shared by Tribes and educators to provide you with quick access to a variety of complete lessons to implement with children across the age continuum. The use of the Since Time Immemorial curriculum has been endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes.

This handout offers suggestions for creating physical learning environments that reflect and value all children’s home languages and cultures.

TRANSLATION NOTE: Please be aware that there might be slight discrepancies and minor differences between the posted, printed, or electronic text in English and the corresponding Spanish translation, due to the editing and updating of the different versions.

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