Daily Resource Highlight - 01/03/2022
Posted by Bridge Alliance Education Fund on January 05, 2022 at 1:26 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
December 28, 2021 - Events to Get You in the Right Mindset for 2022
We are just 4 days away from 2022, which means we’re just 4 days away from a midterm election year. Because it will be “election season,” there will be a lot of temptation to go back to our usual “us vs. them” mentality where the main goal is to make sure that your “team” wins.
Don’t give in! Keep an eye on the prize of healthy self-governance.
I’m not saying that elections are unimportant. Far from it. But don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. And to help all of us get into the right mindset, here are some events to start 2022 off right:
National Day of Dialogue Events (January 5th):
- Alliance for Peacebuilding (Jan 5th, 2022 @ 3 PM EST): NDOD: Setting Standards for Peacebuilding in the US
- Urban Rural Action (Jan 5th & 6th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST): National Day of Dialogue
- The Democracy Group (Jan 5th, 2022 @ 5:30 PM EST): National Day of Dialogue: Political Polarization
Additional important events:
- TechCongress (Jan 5th, 2022 @ 5 PM EST): 2022 Congressional Innovation Scholars Informational Call
- TRUST Network, Mediators Beyond Borders International (Jan 5th, 222 @ 7 PM EST): Good Trouble 2022: Ensuring Voting Rights in America
- Issue One, RepresentUs, Unite America (Jan 6th @ 11 AM ET): Defending Our Democracy: A Virtual Reflection of January 6th
Thank you again for your support in 2021. We will take one more look-back on Thursday, and then we are excited to work with you to move our nation forward in 2022!
December 30, 2021 - Ending the Year with a Gift for Teachers
We would like to end the year by thanking America’s teachers for their incredible work educating young Americans during this pandemic. Our nation’s educators have had to overcome unprecedented challenges to do their jobs the past couple of years. Whether that’s trying to teach classes via Zoom, or putting themselves in harm’s way by working in-person with (largely) unvaccinated children / young adults, their efforts have been nothing short of heroic.
As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to share Student Governmental Affairs Program’s (SGAP) November and December newsletters. These newsletters are designed to provide educators with accessible civics lessons that can spur discussions in the classroom. They also help students feel empowered by giving them the opportunity to write to their Representatives with their opinions.
Normally, these newsletters are only available to SGAP members (you can enroll through this page!), but the SGAP team was kind enough to share the last two editions. You can access the November newsletter here. And you can access the December newsletter here. If you are a teacher, make sure to enroll with SGAP here to get future newsletters, and pass that link along to your teacher friends.
And if you’re a parent who wants to teach your kids some fun civics lessons, be sure to check out iCivics. They are constantly creating new games that are both fun and make American government and law understandable – no easy feat!
- AllSides (blog) Dec 21st: Emphasis on Vaccines, Testing as Omicron Spreads
- Ballotpedia (newsletter) Dec 23rd: Documenting America's Path to Recovery #217: December 23, 2021
- Braver Angels (video) Dec 20th: Micah Hendler & Alma Cook Sing "Winter Wonderland"
- Braver Angels (podcast) Dec 20th: Building the Beloved Community in 2021 | Rev. Adam Taylor with John Wood Jr.
- Civic Genius (video) Dec 21st: Having Productive Conversations. Tip #4 – Make Them Feel Heard
- Listen First Project (video) Dec 21st: #ListenFirst Friday Jenan Mohjir
- The Factual (newsletter) Dec 28th: Covid pill approved - Student loan pause extended - US population growth slows
- Up to Us (form) Dec 28th: Up to Us Campus Competition