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Afterschool Snacks from the Exploratorium

   Community Collaborations/Partnerships, Curriculum & Enrichment, STEM Curriculum

Afterschool snacks are a compilation of free and low-cost activity guides, books, and resources created to engage youth in STEM by learning from doing, also known as tinkering. These Snacks are a healthy, filling way to satisfy your late-afternoon hunger for science. Try building them with friends! From the California Tinkering Afterschool Network, a project of the Exploratorium.

California Academy of Sciences

   Community Collaborations/Partnerships, Curriculum & Enrichment, Digital Learning, STEM Curriculum

Can’t make it to the Academy? We offer a wide breadth of resources that can impact your teaching from afar. Whether you are looking for kits of classroom materials, lesson plans, science videos, distance learning programs, or full courses, the Academy has science teaching resources galore. Looking for ideas to spice up your science teaching? Our activity database features full-period lessons to integrate into your normal curriculum, activities to focus your field trip or ideas for extending the museum visit into the classroom. Based on years of experience training upper elementary school teachers in the Bay Area, we’ve designed a how-to resource for teachers everywhere to illustrate how you can easily and successfully integrate science notebooks into your own classroom. Get ready to use science notebooks for scientific reasoning and meaning-making, in a way that supports hands-on scientific inquiry!

CDC – Violence Prevention

   Gangs and Violence, Prevention & Intervention, Research, Safety

Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their families, friends, and communities. The goal for youth violence prevention is to stop youth violence from happening in the first place. Preventing youth violence requires addressing factors at all levels of the social ecology—the individual, relational, community, and societal levels. CDC’s technical package, A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors, highlights strategies based on the best available evidence to help states and communities prevent or reduce youth violence. The strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other. Strategies and their corresponding approaches are listed in the table below.

Be SMART

   Family Engagement, Family Support Services, Prevention & Intervention, Safety

The Be SMART campaign was launched to raise awareness that secure gun storage—storing guns locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition—can save children’s lives. Be SMART emphasizes that it’s an adult responsibility to keep kids from accessing guns and that every adult can play a role in keeping kids and communities safer. There are thousands of Be SMART volunteers in your communities and neighborhoods that are delivering the Be SMART message across the country in all 50 states. Be SMART resources include tips for parents and adults in talking to youth about gun violence and gun violence prevention.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility

   Advocacy/Policy, Community-Based, Gangs and Violence, Prevention & Intervention, Social Justice, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Society and Culture, Trauma-Informed Care, Youth Justice and Reform

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Through collaboration with experts, civic leaders, and citizens, we work to find evidence-based solutions to the crisis of gun violence in our community. We create innovative policy, advocate for changes in laws, and promote community education to reduce gun violence. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation regularly gathers national and local subject matter experts together to share information and discuss the intersectionality of gun violence with a number of research and advocacy issues, including suicide prevention, domestic violence, hate crimes, trauma-informed care, stigma and discrimination. Each summit focuses on evidence-based best practices, next steps and coordination of prevention efforts. We are proud to partner with hundreds of organizations across Washington who support commonsense gun violence prevention efforts in our state. The depth and breadth of our coalition membership shows the strong desire for change from voices in all corners of the state. We also have a robust volunteer program with local leaders across the state. The chapter team model empowers volunteers to drive change in their communities by engaging in a wide range of grassroots activities, including organizing a phone bank, hosting a house party, visiting with a legislator and attending rallies and other events.  

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE)

   Climate Change, Community Collaborations/Partnerships, Environmental Education

The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity addresses the impact of climate change on the health of the American people. Exercising powers of convening, coordination and collaboration, the Office serves as a department-wide hub for climate change and health policy, programming, and analysis, in pursuit of environmental justice and equitable health outcomes. The Office also facilitates the use of regulatory and statutory powers of the Department of Health and Human Services to address matters affecting disadvantaged communities and people on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The Office works alongside community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, business, industry, along with, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments, to define and implement strategies, conduct strategic outreach and communications, and train and empower community residents.

Inspire Teaching & Learning

Pre K   Elementary School   Middle School   High School      Curriculum & Enrichment, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Based out of the National University System, Inspire celebrates and develops inspirational educators through free on-demand courses and resources. Through teacher training, Inspire supports social and emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the PK-12 classroom and at our partner universities.

Harmony SEL

High School

Pre K   Elementary School   Middle School      Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, accessible online and at no cost. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes boys and girls need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies.

IF/THEN® Collection

Middle School

Elementary School   Middle School   High School      Curriculum & Enrichment, Diversity & Inclusion, STEM Curriculum

The IF/THEN® Collection is the largest free resource of its kind dedicated to increasing access to authentic and relatable images of real women in STEM. Here in this digital library, you will find thousands of photos, videos and other assets that authentically represent women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The content features careers as diverse as shark tagging, fashion design, and training Olympic athletes, and nudges public perceptions in a more realistic direction that illuminates the importance of STEM everywhere.

Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources to Celebrate Black Americans

High School

Elementary School   Middle School   High School   Higher Education      Advocacy & Policy, Curriculum & Enrichment, Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Cultural Competency, Social Justice

Bring the celebration of Black History Month into your classroom with these activities, lesson plans, book resources, and interactive histories. Choose from several activities surrounding African American icons, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, schools and integration, music and arts, and more.