At Mikva Challenge, we are committed to serving young people and educators throughout the challenging realities of COVID-19. Student voices and civic engagement are essential now more than ever. We have several resources to support teachers who are navigating this new virtual education system:
Every school day we will post a virtual Action Civics assignment on our Mikva Challenge Teachers Facebook group. Assignments will be shared in a Google folder and will contain 1. Notes to the teacher 2. A Google Doc you can copy or download, (modify if necessary) and assign to your students 3. Possibly a PDF writable worksheets for students to complete (when appropriate). So as not to fill your inboxes, we will send a wrap-up email every Friday with resources and the week’s assignments all in one place. Join our email list to receive the weekly wrap-ups. Access the previous weeks’ assignments.
Soapbox Nation continues to provide a digital platform for young people to speak out on the issues that matter most to them. Because of the disruption to school systems, we have extended the speech submission deadline to April 13. And since many students will now be submitting their speeches from home, here are detailed instructions for how to do that. Keep your eye out for adapted virtual Soapbox lessons next week!
Teacher Happy Hour
While we are practicing physical distancing, let’s stay close socially — even if it for now it has to be virtually! There is so much new territory to navigate these days, and we want to provide a space for educators to connect, share and maybe even find some levity in solidarity. On Thursday, Thursday, April 2 at 5pm EST we’ll have our next national Mikva Teachers Virtual Happy Hour – BYOB! Join by clicking the link when the time comes.
We’ve put together a list of other great resources to help teachers and students with the challenges surrounding COVID-19. We will continue to update the document, so keep checking back.