Election Stress Disorder is Real
On November 3rd, America will elect its next president. According to the American Psychological Association, 68% of U.S. adults say that the 2020 U.S. presidential election is a significant source of stress in their life. As you head to the polls, bring an inspirational message from SHHS’s Resilience Daily and a favorite voting quote to make space for restoration and well-being:
- “You’ve got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s it; that’s the way we move forward.” — Michelle Obama
- “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” — John Lewis
- “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain. Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power, and that is to vote." — Beyoncé
- “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” — Susan B. Anthony
- “When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter because you do, and you deserve to be heard." — Meghan Markle
- “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters.” — Barack Obama
- “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” — Abraham Lincoln
- "We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it, because they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves." — Billie Eilish
- “Casting a ballot isn't just something you do for yourself — it's for our collective future.” — Oprah Winfrey
Visit Let's Talk for age-appropriate resources to talk with children about violence
- Let's Talk - Politics
"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019
In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.
- Conversations - lessons for advisories & GSAs
CONVERSATIONS -mini-lessons for advisories. Please also explore the Human Relations website. The
November 3, 2020 - Will Biden or Trump be the 46th President? FOR MORE RESOURCES, VISIT "TALKING POLITICS" ON THIS SITE
Teaching Resources for the 2020 Election - Facing History: comprehensive collection of lesson plans and resources before and after the November 3 election.
Repairing the Fabric of Democracy - PBS Learning Media
Using the Election as a Teaching Tool - Edutopia
TALKING POLITICS - Also see the Talking Politics section for many more resources
SOGIE - October is LGBTQ History Month; June is Pride month
All Are Welcome - SOGIE affirming classrooms
HUMAN RELATIONS, DIVERSITY & EQUITY
All Are Welcome - welcoming classrooms
The Day Sport Stood Still - On August 26 and 27, many sports teams went on strike to draw attention to Black Lives Matter.
100 years Later - how women got the right to vote
Alike or Different - expanding vocabulary
Asking for Help - promoting help seeking behavior
Loving Yourself - self esteem and postive body image
Moving Forward - maintaining hope during COVID-19
What's in a Name? - lesson on identity
STORIES OF EXCELLENCE:
Dia de los Muertos - October 31 - November 2
National Day of Silence - April 23
Denim Day - April 28
Stories of Excellence - Harvey Milk - May 22
- Coronavirus - Pandemics and Xenophobia
What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises evaluate both our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
- 2020 Armenian–Azerbaijani
Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians - 8-lesson unit on the Armenian genocide by Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Armenian Genocide by the History Channel
What is Intergenerational Trauma? - PPT presentation
- Conversations - training materials for staff
The Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity is happy to facilitate trainings for your school/work. The training materials here are longer in length than the ones in the advisories, and geared to an adult audience.
Back to School 2020 - technniques and tips for starting the year burnt out!
ENGAGING AND EMBRACING SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Now Matters Later
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE)
- Stories not Stigma - You, Me, Us
- Be the Change. It's Our Planet. It's Our Future. Act Now.
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