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The BOOST Cafe Resource Center is a collection of FREE resources curated by BOOST and sorted by grade level and category.

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Welcoming Schools Back to School Toolkit

   Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTQIA2+

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools has released the 2023 Back To School Toolkit full of Elementary and Secondary Resources, booklists, video discussion guides, and much more! Create a welcoming and inclusive classroom for the new school year with Welcoming Schools resources.

Free Educator Self-Care Toolkit Download

   Other, Physical & Mental Health

Teachers and educators can use this free self-care tool kit to prioritize themselves. This self-care toolkit includes a stress relief graphic organizer, “When did I last…” tracker, a visualization graphic organizer, though process bullet journal template, top 10 graphic organizer, and a 30 day self-care challenge.

Safe Spaces – Foundations of Trauma-Informed Practice for Educational & Care Settings

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Trauma-Informed Care

Safe spaces is a free online training designed to help early care providers, TK-12 educators and other school personnel recognize and respond to trauma and stress in children. Anyone who works with children is invited to take the free, online professional learning. This includes early care providers, educators and school personnel, including school nurses, librarians, administrative support, school bus drivers and yard duty support. Each module is about two hours and is filled with case examples, videos, strategies and practices. Select the module(s) that best fit your professional needs: Module 1 – Ages 0-5 Module 2 – Ages 5-11 Module 3 – Ages 12-18

STEM-Rich After-School Making Activities

            Curriculum & Enrichment, STEM Curriculum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched an interagency collaboration with the New York Hall of Science to develop and implement STEM-rich making activities for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) in six states.

30-Day Summer Challenge Calendar

   Summer Programs

This 30-Day Summer Challenge flyer includes creative ideas designed to keep students engaged in their learning. With 30 days’ worth of fun activities, facts, and resources, learners are bound to learn something new each day and make the most out of summer break.

Summer Learning ToolKit – Oregon Dept. of Education

   Summer Programs

Practical tools and resources for planning summer learning programs A high-quality summer program is shaped by the local community and the students and families it serves. There is not a singular pathway or simple formula to follow when creating a summer program; instead, there are many evidence-based elements that should be considered within a local context and infused into programming to ensure quality and student success. The Summer Learning Toolkit is a companion document to the Summer Learning Best Practice Guide. The aim of this resource is to bring forward the Key Elements of Quality Summer Programming from the Best Practice Guide in the form of easy, accessible and practical tools to support the planning of robust summer programs.

National Summer Learning Week Programs Toolkit

               Summer Programs

The National Summer Learning Association has produced a program toolkit to help summer programs celebrate National Summer Learning Week. NSLA has gathered these resources to assist programs in shaping and strengthening their summer programs. Resources include archived webinars, tip sheets for providers and parents and caregivers, and toolkits.

Summer Learning Toolkit

   Curriculum & Enrichment, Summer Programs

The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit features evidence-based tools and guidance for delivering effective programs. During the summer, low-income students lose ground compared to their wealthier peers. But summer can also be a time to help level the playing field through high-quality, summer learning programs that research shows produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning. With more than 50, evidence-based tools and resources—drawn from the work of five urban school districts and their partners, and aligned with research from RAND—the Summer Learning Toolkit helps educators deliver programs that make a real difference.    

Understanding & Celebrating Juneteenth

   Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Cultural Competency

Juneteenth is a time for celebration and reflection with the whole family. For young children, the abstract concept of freedom and the hard history of slavery can be challenging to grasp. NMAAHC’s early childhood education team offers the following resources to support young children’s understanding and celebration of Juneteenth: a guide on how to talk about slavery and freedom in age appropriate ways, an activity to inspire hope and activism, and a children’s book and online resources list.

How to Talk to Children About Juneteenth

   Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Cultural Competency

June 19, or Juneteenth, is a holiday that commemorates the day that Texas, the last Confederate state, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation — marking the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. But as University of Pittsburgh historian Alaina Roberts notes, it’s important to remember that the emancipation of slaves didn’t actually happen in one fell swoop. Here’s information about talking to children about Juneteenth and why it is important to do so.