Wayside News - June 2021

Ideas to foster social justice learning

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Hello educators,


Equity, inclusion, opportunity. As a company, Wayside strives to advance these conditions in the workplace, in the classroom, and in our communities. Our mission of fostering communication and understanding across borders is not limited to world cultures. The Proficiency Insider offers you resources to explore social justice themes – by yourself, and with your students. In this issue:


  • CONSIDER - inquiry-based social justice learning

  • BROADEN - your students' horizons with activities and videos

  • EXPLORE - some important new Learning Site® classroom resources

  • TAKE - a free test drive


What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

Happy teaching!


Inquiry-based Social Justice Learning

It can be daunting to figure out how to include social justice themes in the classroom. These are important topics, and you want to give them the attention they merit, but how does one begin? Learning by Inquiry is a website devoted to inquiry-based learning, with articles and activities on all sorts of subjects. The article Using Inquiry to Teach Social Justice in the Classroom discusses ways to incorporate inquiry-based social justice learning and provides practical resources to help you get started.


Incorporating Social Justice Activities in the Classroom

Talking to a more experienced colleague is a great way to find classroom resources. It might be a bit more challenging to find a teacher with extensive experience teaching about social justice, so we found one for you! If you are a member of ACTFL, check out the webinar One Classroom, Many Experiences: Incorporating Social Justice into the World Language Classroom, hosted by Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither. And if you are not yet an ACTFL member, her webinar alone is enough reason to join! Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar provides insight into topics like global racism, feminism, culture, and slavery. It is well worth your time to view.

In case you are not able to access Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar, here are some resources she references:

  • Circles of My Multicultural Self, from the Critical Multicultural Pavilion, is a great activity to foster learners’ awareness of what they consider the most important aspects of themselves.
  • Trevor Noah has been a guest on The Daily Show, and his segment, Spot the Africa, challenges preconceived notions about Africa and the United States. It is a great discussion opener for more mature students.
  • Harvard University’s Project Implicit helps users explore their hidden biases relating to political parties, race, class, gender, and others.
  • A beautiful film entitled They Are We tells of a family torn apart by the transatlantic slave trade who are unexpectedly reunited 170 years later.


Social Justice Correlations: Today’s students are more aware than ever of the people and events of the larger world. And you understand the value of including real-life themes, including social justice, as a component of your lessons. We agree! Wayside has published social justice correlations for the EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders.

EntreCulturas Social Justice Correlation

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EntreCultures Social Justice Correlation

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Social-Emotional Learning Correlations: Social justice and social and emotional learning (SEL) go hand in hand. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) conducts research and analysis on SEL educational needs in the classroom and has developed conclusions and recommendations for supporting transformative SEL.


Wayside has just published CASEL 5 SEL correlations for our EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders. Use them in conjunction with, or separately from, the Wayside Social Justice correlations, for a truly transformative classroom experience!


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