Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In light of recent events in the U.S., below are some resources to learn and teach about race and equity.  Some of the resources can be borrowed from the SERC Library and the articles can be accessed using your SERC Library membership number and utilizing the EBSCO Discovery Service portal (if you need some help accessing the articles, please either email the SERC Library staff at or call the SERC Library staff  at 860.632.1485 x 235.

Resources to borrow from the SERC Library:

The sights and sounds of equitable practices - ASCD - IE 379.26 ASC - Why are achievement gaps so persistent and equity still a contentious issue? Here's a tool to help you reflect on that question and consider your school community's current situation in light of some widely identified best practices for promoting equity. Share this 45-minute DVD with your colleagues' next school climate committee or professional learning community meeting to: see and hear the mindset of equitable practices in classrooms, schools, and districts at the elementary, middle, and high school levels; understand how viewing curriculum and instruction through the lens of equity encourages a willingness to put aside previously held beliefs and misconceptions about students and helps change teaching behaviors; and show examples of behaviors that engage and support student learning while promoting rigor in the classroom.

White awareness:  Handbook for anti-racism training by Judith H. Katz - University of Oklahoma Press - IE 305.800973 KAT - In efforts to deal with the pervasive disease racism, human relations practitioners have become increasingly convinced that the American form of the disease is most effectively treated as a White problem that severely damages its White victims, as well as those against whom it is directed. This 212-page step-by-step training format has been created out of a personal and professional struggle and is designed to help whites understand and come to grips with personal, cultural, and institutional racism. It is lucidly written, clearly organized, and unpretentious.

Matters of race by ROJA - IE 370.117 ROJThis 4 hour DVD set includes 4 parts, including 1. The Divide; 2. Race Is, Race Isn't; 3. We're Still Here; and 4. Tomorrow's America. Using the personal writings of several leading American authors, as well as the voices and stories of Americans of all ages and from all parts of the United States, it addresses the complex issues of our rapidly changing multiracial and multicultural society. Some of the issues addressed include: What makes a race? If we are different, who decides the meaning of the difference? What is the black/white paradigm in our society? , How does race factor into the situation of American Indians and native Hawaiians? and How does the next generation feel about race? Roja Productions is a Harlem-based media company which produces shows on the American experience.

Facilitator's guide to courageous conversations about race:  A field guide to achieving equity in schools by Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis Linton - IE 379.2 SIN This 60 page guide was written to guide facilitators in helping educators construct a language and a process for addressing the relationship between race and achievement. Educators are aware of the statistical gaps in achievement between racial groups. They can increase their understanding of why performance inequity exists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true academic parity. This companion guide is based on the book by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton titled "Courageous Conversations about Race". The book examines the achievement gap through the prism of race and this guide offers chapter-by-chapter explanations, activities and questions for using the book. Discussion and journaling prompts and sources for supplemental reading are included.

The psychology of multiculturalism in the schools:  A primer for practice, training and research edited by Janine M. Jones - PMHP 371.4 JON - This 278-page book provides school professionals the tools necessary to become culturally responsive practitioners. Culturally responsive approaches to teaching and clinical service form the foundation for enhancing student progress, reducing disproportionally in special education, and closing the achievement gap. Written by leading experts in their topic areas, each chapter in this practice-oriented volume also includes chapter objectives and discussion questions to facilitate skill building and case scenarios to elucidate and practice implications.

Toward multiculturalism competence: A practical model for implementation in the schools / Doris Wright Carroll -- Increasing cultural literacy: Historical perspectives and cultural characteristics of minority groups / Elizabeth D. Palacios and Pamala Trivedi -- Social justice and school mental health: Evolution and implications for practice / David Shriberg -- Understanding privilege in America / Antoinette Halsell Miranda, Amy Boland and Megan Hemmeler -- Pathways on a journey of 'Getting It': Multicultural competence training and continuing professional development / Tonika Duren Green, Valerie J. Cook-Morales, Carol Robinson-Zanartu and Colette L. Ingraham -- Multicultural practises and response to intervention / Deborah Peek Crockett and Julie Esparza Brown -- A comprehensive, multidimensional approach to assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse students / Matthew Y. Lau and Lionel A. Blatchley -- Multicultural considerations in school consultation / Kimberly Booker - -Counseling with multicultural intentionality: The process of counseling and integrating client cultural variables / Janine M. Jones -- Multicultural issues in research: Practical implications for school psychologists / Trista M. Huckleberry.

Articles available from the SERC Library EBSCO Discovery Portal:

Auditing inequity:  Teaching aspiring administrators to be social justice leaders, by Frank Hernandez and Joanne Marshall, Education and Urban Society, V 49 N 2 p203-228, Feb 2017 26 pp - While much has been written about preparing educational leaders to lead for social justice, much less has been written about how to do so. This study is one of the first to analyze the reflections and written assignments of aspiring administrators to determine what they are currently thinking about poverty, race/ethnicity, and social justice leadership and how that thinking is shaped throughout one course. Results indicate that students were variable in their individual reflections, but that assignments, which required them to analyze the inequities in their schools and develop an implementation plan, led all of these aspiring administrators to seek to redress those inequities. The article discusses implications for other programs, which prepare educational leaders.

Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations:  Here's their advice on talking about race, by Chalkbeat Staff from Chalkbeat, Education Digest, V 82 Issue 2, p39-42, Oct 2016, 4 p -The article presents the views of teachers on the issue of racial discrimination in schools. Topics discussed include the importance of relationships with students, impact of social media posts on such issues on students, impact of the murder of African American Michael Brown on the students, and mentions that teachers should encourage students to present their views.

Complicated conversations:  Exploring race and ideology in an elementary classroom, by Liz Hollingworth, Urban Education, V 44 N1 p 30-58 2009 29 pp - This is a case study of an elementary teacher's decision to add multicultural children's books to her curriculum and an analysis of how her ideologies about race shaped the classroom discourse. Although the teacher's stated purpose was to teach the pitfalls of racial stereotypes by encouraging conversations about prejudice, often the classroom talk normalized Whiteness in ways that shut down explorations of racial diversity, power, and oppression. This article describes how multicultural literature is used in an upper elementary classroom to supplement the existing curriculum and how a teacher's beliefs about race are present in the resulting discourse.

Tending to the heart of communities of color:  Towards critical race teacher activism, by Cheryl E. Matias and Daniel D. Liou, Urban Education, V 50 N5 p601-625 July 2015 - 25 pp - Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies assert colorblindness flourishes when most urban teachers who are White feel emotionally uncomfortable to engage in dynamics of race in the classroom. Colorblind ideology distorts urban teaching because it presumes (a) many White teachers are missionaries trained to save and (b) urban schools are pathological deficits that need to be "saved." We propose a "community of color epistemological approach" that draws from emotional strengths found inside urban communities of color and supports the pedagogical and emotional investment needed to (a) operate critical race activism inside urban classrooms and (b) disrupt the normalcy of Whiteness in schools. We present a counterstory of how one urban teacher engaged in critical race teacher activism.

From EdWeek - Teaching Now Blog - Teachers share resources for addressing Charlottesville hate rally in the classroom, by Madeline Will, August 14, 2017 - Some educators are using the hashtag #CharlottesvilleCurriulum to share learning resources to help address the recent rally and violence in Charlottesville, Va.  This article features a curated list of potential resources, including websites, videos and other documents.

And finally, The Choices Blog:  History and Current Issues for the Classroom, from Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, Approaching Race in the Classroom, Actively, February 22, 20-16, Mackenzie Abernethy, Camisia Glasgow, and Llndsay Turchan, has some awesome links to follow, lesson plans, links to other blog posts, videos and more,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Is there a solar eclipse coming...

 If you live in the United States - yes, there is a solar eclipse coming!

One of the best sites to find information - NASA 

There is a wealth of information at - with additional information from NASA at  - make sure to check out the related articles along the left side of the page. offers some additional information on Total Solar Eclipse 2017:  When, Where and How to see it (Safely)

While this is exciting ---- make sure to be safe!
mage of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space.
Credits: NASA

Friday, July 28, 2017

Before you go back to school . . . why not come back to the SERC Library We're open Tuesdays through Thursdays 9 am to 4:30 pm and Fridays 10 am to 4 pm.  Come check out some of our recently added resources and become familiar with our temporary location!  We are now located at 100 Roscommon Drive (halfway up or down) off of Industrial Park Road.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Everyday Diversity Blog

Two of our consultants recommended sharing this blog ---- check it out ---- lots of good recommendations on storytime books with diverse characters in contemporary everyday life!
Everyday Diversity

Friday, June 30, 2017


We celebrate the Independence of our Country on July 4th and the Re-Opening of the SERC Library on July 5th!  Please read the announcement below!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Free webinar on Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET

REGISTER HERE to join this FREE, online, community conversation on TUESDAY, June 27th at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET. And please share this invitation with folks in your network you think would be interested. If you're interested but can't make that time, register and we'll send you the link to the recording after the event.
Why We Gather. EmbraceRace is about building a strong and nourishing community of practice for parents, guardians, teachers and other caregivers who want to help raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. In this session weAndrew (Grant-Thomas) and Melissa (Giraud)will talk about the Big Picture of race in the United States that led us to launch the community. We’ll highlight the goals we derived from that Big Picture and describe some of the work, both current and upcoming, we hope will help us all move toward those goals. We see EmbraceRace both as a provider of information and support in the race-and-raising-kids space and as part of the larger movement for racial and social justice. We think there’s a lot at stake in whether, how, and how well we collectively do this work. Let’s talk about it!
REGISTER HERE and please spread the word! Thanks.

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Co-founder
EmbraceRace: Raising a brave generation

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of the Young Child - April 24-28, 2017


The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.     


We're so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! Start planning your celebration today with event ideas and activities below!

Music Monday!   April 24, 2017

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.
TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
Music resources for families and teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!

Tasty Tuesday   April 25, 2017

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17
TRY THISMeasure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
For more fun ideas on how to incorporate cooking into your classroom activities, check out how one NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!
Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers
Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!

Work Together Wednesday   April 26, 2017

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!
'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

Artsy Thursday   April 27,2017

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!
Open-ended art resources for families and teachers

Family Friday   April 28, 2017

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.
TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!
Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please read the notice below for some significant changes coming to the SERC Library -

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox!!!!

Old Farmer's Almanac picture
Happy Spring Equinox - are we New Englanders happy for this day or what!    Spring officially began today Monday, March 20th at 6:29 am EDT, still had to warm up my car since it was only around 22 this morning at 7:15 am in the sun in the car, however, for a great many of us, we are still looking at the remains of the snow fall from Tuesday, March 14th.  We definitely are hopeful that "March has come in like a lion and will leave like a lamb"!  Well we can always be optimistic, opening day at Fenway is April 3rd, now you know which metropolitan city gets my loyalty!  To learn more about the Spring Equinox,  check out the links below:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Webinar - Tuesday, March 21st


Strategies to Improve Behavior and Instruction in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Strategies to Improve Behavior
Presented by Lee Kern, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice; with Michael George, Ed.D., Director, Centennial School of Lehigh University
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing
If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join theTeaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., will provide basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They will introduce three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Specific steps of each strategy will be described in detail so that participants can readily implement the interventions in their own classrooms with little additional preparation.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will familiarize you with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. Attendees will be introduced to assessments that will help them determine strengths in their classroom and identify areas needing improvement. The information will link directly to classroom improvements.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will share how to:
  • Identify classroom features that contribute to optimal learning and appropriate behavior
  • Assess the environment in your own classroom to determine variables contributing to behavior and learning problems
  • Describe three strategies to improve student behavioral outcomes and three instructional approaches that will enhance student engagement and motivation
There will be time for Dr. Kern and Dr. George to answer your questions after their presentation. This webinar is designed for classroom teachers, staff, and administrators at all grade levels.
About the Presenters
Lee KernLee Kern, Ph.D., received her doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. She is currently Professor of special education at Lehigh University and Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice. Dr. Kern has worked in the field of special education for more than 35 years as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, professor, and consultant. Her research interests are in the area of interventions to reduce challenging behavior. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and two books on topics related to problem behavior. Dr. Kern has received more than $20 million in grant support from the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes of Mental Health to pursue research in behavior problems. She is currently Co-editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Michael GeorgeMichael P. George, Ed.D., received his doctorate in special education from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is presently Director of Centennial School of Lehigh University. He has been an administrator of programs for children and youth with the most severe social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties for nearly 30 years. Dr. George has served as a director of day school programs in St. Louis County, Missouri; Eugene, Oregon; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His work on behalf of students and families has received numerous accolades over the years, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Institutes for Research, CNN, and ABC’s Nightline.

Join the Teaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special hours for Friday, March 17th!

Due to all the weather related closings, the SERLibrary will open on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Resources due this week will be due on Friday and we will hold all reserves until Tuesday, March 21st.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IEP Workshops - Space is Limited!

If you are interested in learning about IEPs, The SERC Library is offering a series of 3 IEP workshops - space is limited! Click HERE to register.  All workshops are FREE!

All workshops are on a Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm - register for all three or just the one you are interested in!

March 22nd - Building Bridges:  Working with school staff to inform IEP programming for you child

April 5th - Become Knowledgeable:  Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and IEP process

April 19th - Intensify Focus:  Connecting the role of advocacy to your child's success in meeting IEP goals

Monday, February 27, 2017

Free Webinars!

Closing The Gap Logo


CEUs ARE available for these sponsored webinars!

Learn How to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom with Extraordinary Learners - AAC and PLAY
March 2, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Standard Time

As educators, it is imperative that we are fluent in the use of digital devices. It is our job to teach our students how to be independent AND to help them develop functional skills with technology.

This webinar is designed to improve your digital fluency and show you how the iPad can be a helpful tool for your students with special needs. 

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen
PRESENTERS: Katrine Gulstad Pedersen and Kirsten McLoud
Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in this free, sponsored webinar is limited to the first 100 log-ins.
Creating the Right Environment for Successful AAC Use in the Classroom with Location Awareness
May 4, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Daylight Time

Studies in the visual cognitive sciences have argued that we need to bring the environment into the AAC. Participants in this webinar will learn about the newest technology for AAC users - Location Awareness with Beacons, which is built in to SuperSpeak AAC and is an easy way to bring the environment into the AAC. 

We will teach you how to best apply these findings in a classroom setting with your special needs learners, how to teach appropriate iPad behaviors to students with special needs and how to get started with using the iPad in the classroom environment. 

PRESENTERS: Katrine Gulstad Pedersen and Kirsten McLoud

Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in this free, sponsored webinar is limited to the first 100 log-ins.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quick - I just found out about this and the pre-registration date is 2/23!

Part art show/part science project, the Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge is a fun way for students to explore nature and investigate STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, art and math) while inspiring creative thinking.

Pre-Registration Deadline extended to February 23!


For Educators: The STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge was developed to give students the opportunity to further their understanding of how STEM subjects and art relate, and the importance of that symbiosis. The i2i Challenge provides educators with community support and a framework to encourage creativity through imagination and incorporate STEM subjects.

For Students: STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge allows students to explore the integration of art concepts and STEM subjects. The i2i Challenge provides students with a supported framework for discussion of STEM subjects. Students’ observations and classroom discussions serve as the foundation for the students’ exploration of the relation between art and STEM and the impact they have on each other.

This exploration will lead students to a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between art and STEM and encourage them to use their imagination and knowledge to further develop those concepts in new and creative ways.

For more information or to register, visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The SERC Library 

will be 
on Friday, February 10th.  The Library will re-open on Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30 am.  Resources due on Friday will be due on Tuesday and we will hold all reserves for one more day.